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Title:The role of spatial practices and locality in the constituting of the Christian African diaspora
Editors:Knibbe, KimISNI
Meulen, Marten van derISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:African Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World (ISSN 1872-5457)
Volume:2
Issue:2
Pages:125-226
Language:English
Geographic term:Netherlands
Subjects:immigrants
Ghanaians
Nigerians
Angolans
Christianity
space
Pentecostalism
Link:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/18725465/2/2
Abstract:This issue of 'African Diaspora' focuses on the role of spatial practices and locality in the Christian African diaspora in The Netherlands, more specifically Amsterdam. How do individual believers relate, through Christianity, to the place where they are, the places they want to go to and the place they come from? How does African Christianity create its own religioscapes? Kim Knibbe deals with the Amsterdam location of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), one of the largest Nigerian Pentecostal Churches, demonstrating how 'producing the local' is crucially important to the goals of the church. Marten van der Meulen examines the interaction of several Ghanaian churches with the local social, political and religious ecology of Amsterdam Southeast in their search for worship space. Regien Smit explores a conflict concerning a shared worship location between the Angolan church Igreja do Espirito Santo and the Presbyterian Holy Chapel in Rotterdam. Danielle Koning investigates the 'reversed mission' discourse within the Ghanaian Seventh-Day Adventist church in Amsterdam, in which it sought to reach out not only to Africans but also to the 'native' population, and the gap between discourse and praxis. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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