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