Transnational Religious Spaces Faith and the Brazilian Migration Experience

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-16
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This book explores the role of religion in the everyday, transnational lives of Brazilian migrants in London and on their return to Brazil. It contributes to an emerging body of work that recognizes the importance of religion within transnational processes and foregrounds the experiences of Brazilians in London, a growing yet still largely invisible new migrant group in London. It works with the notion of religion as lived experience to give due weight to the perspectives of migrants themselves and examines the ways in which migrants negotiate their religious beliefs and practices in different places and create new connections between them. While focusing on the experience of Brazilian migrants - both in London and on their return - as a case study, it provides significant empirical and conceptual contributions to existing research through its innovative exploration of the interconnections between migration and religion, and moreover, through its inclusion of the return setting into its field of enquiry. Both these areas – religion and return – have been hitherto largely neglected within existing migration research.

Author Biography

Olivia Sheringham is a Researcher at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford, UK, and is on the Executive Committee of the Brazilians to the UK Research Group (GEB). She has published work in journals including Portuguese Studies and Geography Compass and has written chapters for a number of published and forthcoming edited collections.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Brazilian 'Diaspora'
3. Global, Transnational and Everyday Religion
4. Transnational Congregations
5. The 'Brazilian' Transnational Church: Social Hub and Sacred Space
6. Narratives of Religion-as-Lived (Transnationally)
7. Conclusions

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