Religion Crossing Boundaries

Transnational Religious and Social Dynamics in Africa and the New African Diaspora


Editor: Jim Spickard
Across the past twenty years major change has taken place in the structure of global society with respect to the nature of migration. The predominant pattern since at least the eighteenth century had been for peoples to move to and settle in Western countries permanently, with relatively little substantive interchange with their former homelands, hence adopting the modes of articulation characteristic of their new societies (a process expressed with respect to the USA, for example, as "Americanization"). This pattern has now changed, and there is considerable interaction between homeland and migrant peoples. One of the places this has become especially important is in religious exchanges. While some negative effects of this process may grab headlines, there have also been extensive positive interactions, not least among African peoples, especially with respect to pentecostal and allied religious movements. The chapters in this book illustrate the variety of these exchanges.
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Biographical Note

James V. Spickard is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Redlands, where he teaches social theory and research methods. He has written widely on the changing role of religion in the contemporary world.

Afe Adogame is Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department/Center for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh, where he teaches Religions in Africa and the Diaspora. He has published extensively on the nexus between religion, migration, and globalization.

Contributors include: Wale Adebanwi, Edlyne Anugwom, J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Marleen de Witte, Laura Grillo, Susan M. Kilonzo, Samuel Krinsky, Géraldine Mossière, Philomena Njeri Mwaura, Joel Noret, Ebenezer Obadare, Damaris S. Parsitau, Mei-Mei Sanford, Linda van de Kamp, and Rijk van Dijk.

Review Quotes

...the anthology fills an important gap in research on migration and religion. Moreover, it provides a line of articles of high quality and a rich material from a multitude of local settings. - Jessica Moberg Söderturn University in: Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review, Vol. 2, Iss. 1 (2011)


All those interested in pentecostal-charismatic Christianity on a global scale, with special emphasis on Africa and the African diaspora, also transnationalism as a global sociocultural phenomenon at the opening of the twenty-first century.


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