South Asian Christian Diaspora: Invisible Diaspora in Europe and North America

South Asian Christian Diaspora: Invisible Diaspora in Europe and North America

by Knut A. Jacobsen
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754662616

ISBN-13: 9780754662617

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The South Asian Christian diaspora is largely invisible in the literature about religion and migration. This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian Christians living in Europe and North America, presenting the main features of these diasporas, their community histories and their religious practices. The South Asian Christian diaspora is pluralistic both in

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The South Asian Christian diaspora is largely invisible in the literature about religion and migration. This is the first comprehensive study of South Asian Christians living in Europe and North America, presenting the main features of these diasporas, their community histories and their religious practices. The South Asian Christian diaspora is pluralistic both in terms of religious adherence, cultural tradition and geographical areas of origin. This book gives justice to such pluralism and presents a multiplicity of cultures and traditions typical of the South Asian Christian diaspora. Issues such as the institutionalization of the religious traditions in new countries, identity, the paradox of belonging both to a minority immigrant group and a majority religion, the social functions of rituals, attitudes to language, generational transfer, and marriage and family life, are all discussed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754662617
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
1
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: making an invisible diaspora visible, Knut A. Jacobsen and Selva J. Raj; Part 1 Europe: South Asian Christians in the UK, Eleanor Nesbitt; Religion as an arena for the expression of identity. Roman Catholic Pondicherrians in France, Brigitte Sébastia; The 70th anniversary of 'John Matthew': on 'Indian Christians in Germany, Urmila Goel; Seeking the blessing of the consolatrix afflictorum: the annual pilgrimage of Sri Lankan Tamils to the Madonna in Kevelaer (Germany), Brigitte Luchesi; Perpetuating religious and social concepts in the extended motherland: Tamil Christians in Berne (Switzerland), Damaris Lüthi; Creating Sri Lankan Tamil Catholic space in the South Asian diaspora in Norway, Knut A. Jacobsen; Goans and Damanians in Portugal: an overview of a singular diaspora, Helena Maria Mauricio C. Sant'ana; Surinamese East Indian Christians in the Netherlands, Freek L. Bakker. Part 2 North America: The culture of Asian Indian Catholicism in North America, Elizabeth Cameron Galbraith; New land, new challenges: the role of religion in the acculturation of Syro-Malabar Catholics in Chicago, Selva J. Raj; Indian Christians and marriage patterns Farha Terniker; Doing friendship, making contacts, and building trust: Christian Indian responses to religious diversity, Nori Henk; From Hinduism to Christianity, from India to New York: bondage and exodus experiences in the lives of Indian Dalit Christians in the diaspora, Rachel Fell McDermott; Conclusion: South Asian Christians in the West, Raymond Brady Williams; Index.

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