Routes and Rites to the City

Mobility, Diversity and Religious Space in Johannesburg

  • Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
  • Lorena Núñez
  • Peter Kankonde Bukasa
  • Bettina Malcomess

Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, Lorena Núñez, Peter Kankonde, Bettina Malcomess
    Pages 1-30
  3. Bettina Malcomess, Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
    Pages 31-60
  4. Peter Kankonde, Lorena Núñez
    Pages 61-89
  5. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, Melekias Zulu, Eric Worby
    Pages 239-271
  6. Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, Bettina Malcomess, Peter Kankonde, Lorena Núñez
    Pages 307-318
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 319-329

About this book


This thought-provoking book is an exploration of the ways religion and diverse forms of mobility have shaped post-apartheid Johannesburg, South Africa. It analyses transnational and local migration in contemporary and historical perspective, along with movements of commodities, ideas, sounds and colours within the city. It re-theorizes urban ‘super-diversity’ as a plurality of religious, ethnic, national and racial groups but also as the diverse processes through which religion produces urban space. The authors argue that while religion facilitates movement, belonging and aspiration in the city, it is complicit in establishing new forms of enclosure, moral order and spatial and gendered control. Multi-authored and interdisciplinary, this edited collection deals with a wide variety of sites and religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Its original reading of post-apartheid Johannesburg advances global debates around religion, urbanization, migration and diversity, and will appeal to students and scholars working in these fields.


Migration Super-Diversity Christianity Islam Hinduism Judaism Africa Global South Global City

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
    • 1
  • Lorena Núñez
    • 2
  • Peter Kankonde Bukasa
    • 3
  • Bettina Malcomess
    • 4
  1. 1.African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS)University of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGöttingenGermany
  4. 4.Wits School of ArtsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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