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Believing Identity : Pentecostalism and the Mediation of Jamaican Ethnicity and Gender in England - Nicole Rodriguez Toulis

Believing Identity

Pentecostalism and the Mediation of Jamaican Ethnicity and Gender in England

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The complex and sometimes contradictory articulation of ethnicity, religion and gender informs this book on the cultural construction of identity for Jamaican migrants in Britain. The author argues that religion -- in this case Pentecostalism -- cannot be understood simply as a means of spiritual compensation for the economically disadvantaged. Rather, in the New Testament Church of God, one of Britain's largest African Caribbean churches, the cosmology of the church resolves the questions surrounding identity as well as suffering. Religious participation is one way in which African Caribbean people negotiate the terms of representation and interaction in British society.

'This is a fresh, original and fascinating study carried out with rigour, sympathy and insight. It is also important because it fills an outstanding gap in our understanding of ethnic cultures and religion in Britain and contributes greatly to our understanding of women in Afro-Caribbean/West Indian culture.' David Martin, Emeritus Professor, The London School of Economics 'The book is an important addition to the study of black churches in Britain, providing a much-needed focus on a particular Pentecostal denomination to balance generalised accounts.' Anthropology in Action 'Toulis' book is a detailed, sympathetic and thoughtful contribution to a frequently neglected area of the anthropology of religion. Her analysis is careful and insightful and her conclusions should be of interest to anyone working on religion and identity.' Cambridge Anthropology

Acknowledgements
Editorial Note
List of Plates, Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: 'Long time gal me no see you'p. 1
The Brethren of the King Street New Testament Church of Godp. 37
'Moving up the King's Highway': African-Caribbean Pentecostalism in Jamaica and Englandp. 80
'Born of The Water, The Spirit and The Blood': The Individual and the Collectivep. 121
'I may be Black, but we're from the same hand, the hand of God': The Construction and Mediation of Identityp. 165
Wives, Mothers and Female Saints: Women in the Churchp. 212
Conclusionp. 265
Appendix Ip. 276
Appendix IIp. 280
Appendix IIIp. 281
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9781859731048
ISBN-10: 185973104X
Series: Explorations in Anthropology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st May 1997
Publisher: BERG PUBL INC
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.12  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.48