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Double presence: proselytism and belonging in an Angolan prophetic church's diaspora in Europe

Blanes, Ruy Llera (2011) Double presence: proselytism and belonging in an Angolan prophetic church's diaspora in Europe. Journal of Religion in Europe, 4 (3). pp. 409-428. ISSN 1874-8910

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Abstract

This article discusses the issue of proselytism and belonging among Angolan Christians in Europe, namely those belonging to the Tokoist Church, a propheticbased movement originated in Angola in the 1940s and later transnationalized into other African countries and Europe. Invoking fieldwork performed with the church in Lisbon and Luanda, I suggest that religious proselytism in diasporic contexts, as an expression of transnational religiosity, cannot be analyzed without approaching the issue of identity and belonging, which in turn is processed through the production of 'double presences,' a reflection of the multiple agencies and territorialities in which migrants are involved.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.brill.nl/journal-religion-europe
Additional Information: © 2011 Brill
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Anthropology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2011 12:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/39634/

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