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Under the Sign of the Cross
The People’s Salvation Cathedral and the Church-Building Industry in Postsocialist Romania
256 pages, 28 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-858-0 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Published (August 2020)
eISBN 978-1-78920-859-7 eBook
“This is an interesting, informative and topical book that makes a significant contribution to the anthropological literature on urban built spaces, lived religion, and post-communist Romania.” • Lavinia Stan, St. Francis Xavier University
“The book significantly advances our understanding of Orthodox Christianity and its post-socialist revival, contemporary East European society, the social life of architecture, and urban spatial symbolism and contestation.” • Christoph Brumann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology
Based on extensive ethnographic research, this book delves into the thriving industry of religious infrastructure in Romania, where 4,000 Orthodox churches and cathedrals have been built in three decades. Following the construction of the world’s highest Orthodox cathedral in Bucharest, the book brings together sociological and anthropological scholarship on eastern Christianity, secularization, urban change and nationalism. Reading postsocialism through the prism of religious change, the author argues that the emergence of political, entrepreneurial and intellectual figures after 1990 has happened ‘under the sign of the cross’.
Giuseppe Tateo is postdoctoral fellow at the New Europe College of Bucharest. He specializes in the anthropology of postsocialist Romania, Eastern Christianity and urban anthropology.