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Of Roots And Routes: An Introduction

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This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book Migration and Christian Identity in Congo (DRC) and its chapters. The book provides a contemporary social history analysis of the complex interaction between the social change occurring in relocation/dislocation and the religious change in the expansion and altering expression of a Christian church. The author focuses on the development of a single mission denomination. This enables an analysis of the effect of church membership and its correlated life experiences on Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) members from a number of culturally and historically distinct ethnic groups who are affiliated to it. Religious identity highlights contested issues of power between groups within the EAC and thus provides an entrance to the analysis of social divisions of power. The detailed analysis of the interviews from historical and hermeneutical perspectives demonstrates that religious identities are subjective, personal, hybrid and open to change.

Keywords: Christian church; Christian identity; Congo; Eglise Anglicane du Congo (EAC) members; Migration; religious change; social change



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