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Centrality
Centrality

We can view global cities as being about concentrations of power and influence, that gain their power from their ability to organize distance. They have a certain centrality or capitality in relation to other spatial formations. The purpose of this chapter is to explore how organized religions – their institutions, buildings, leaders, civil services, standards, and practices - have long been a key force in the governing of distance-based communities. This chapter focuses on one particular religion, and one particular branch of Christianity: Roman Catholicism. It does so because for several centuries, this religion has organized itself around a single city, Rome, with a leader, the Pope, that gains legitimacy from its biblical, locational genealogy. It uses this as the basis of both ...

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