Regrounding the sacred: transnational religion, place making and the politics of diaspora among the Congolese in London and Atlanta

Garbin, David (2014) Regrounding the sacred: transnational religion, place making and the politics of diaspora among the Congolese in London and Atlanta. Global Networks, 14 (3). pp. 363-382. ISSN 1470-2266. (doi:10.1111/glob.12064) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Drawing on case studies of several Congolese churches in London and Atlanta, in this article I explore the practices and strategies of religious territorialization associated with the politics of diaspora. A focus on the manifold ways of enacting and performing diasporic religious identities enables one to understand how religious actors connect spaces and temporalities to carve out spiritual and symbolic cartographies. More specifically, I analyse the particular interplay of diasporic politics, religious identity, place and history in the context of political crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The transnational scope of the groups studied – Catholics, Kimbanguists and Pentecostals – significantly shapes their diasporic religious experience as they are embedded in larger polycentric social fields and ‘sacredscapes’ within which people, money, ideas, images, objects or values circulate. I also link the individual and collective experiences of diasporic religion to the shaping role of power relations and conflicts within wider transnational social fields.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/glob.12064
Additional information: Special Issue: The religious lives of migrant minorities: a multi-sited and transnational perspective
Uncontrolled keywords: DIASPORIC RELIGION, RELIGION AND POLITICS; CONGOLESE DIASPORA; PENTECOSTALISM; KIMBANGUISM; CONGOLESE CATHOLICS; LONDON; ATLANTA
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Migration and Social Care (RAE)
Depositing User: Mita Mondal
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 08:13 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 12:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41479 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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