Cultural Conflicts, Religion, and Urban Politics

Elaine B. Sharp and Michael Brown

in The Oxford Handbook of Urban Politics

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780195367867
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Cultural Conflicts, Religion, and Urban Politics


This article reviews the literature on developments concerning cultural conflict, religion, urban politics, and morality issues. It analyses the American culture wars at the urban scale as well as other forms of cultural conflict in advanced capitalist cities around the world, and outlines some possible future issues that urban political scholarship might take in its continued interest in cultural conflict. These include the more conventionally social-scientific approach reflecting Elaine Sharp's orientation, and the more postmodern approach indicative of Michael Brown's standpoint in political and cultural geography.

Keywords: cultural conflict; religion; urban politics; morality issues; American culture wars; Elaine Sharp; Michael Brown; cultural geography

Article.  8793 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Public Policy

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