Kolonier ‘for Kirke og Folkelivets Vækst og Udvikling’: Spatial mediering af dansk-amerikansk grundtvigianisme i USA, ca. 1900

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This article examines how the ethnoreligious immigrant or-ganization Danish People's Society utilized ethnic colonies as spatial mediums to pro-mote and foster preservation of the Danish cultural and spiritual heritage in the USA. Informed by theoretical insights gained in the research fields of medium theory and hu-man geography, I highlight place-naming and physical construction of the places as symbolic and material strategies employed by Danish People's Society to establish the colonies as mediums. Based on the historical development of the colonies, the article argues that place-naming matters; place-naming may function as a powerful political and socially excluding act. In conclusion, I suggest that a more comprehensive under-standing of the meaning, agency, and implications of spatial mediums requires that we approach these places as social, symbolic, and material constructions that are continu-ally reconfigured and ascribed identity through interaction.

TidsskriftReligionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)130-158
StatusUdgivet - 2020

Bibliografisk note

Tema: Religion og medier


  • Danish American history
  • Herit-age management
  • Human geography
  • Immigrant religion
  • Material culture
  • Mediated religion