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Virtual Re-Evangelization: Brazilian Churches, Media And The Postsecular City

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This essay concerns contemporary flows of people, religion and information in relation to the postsecular European city; in general, it deals with the role of religious institutions and practices in the lives of recent arrivals in Western European cities. Ethnographic research among Brazilian migrants in Amsterdam and Barcelona shows that religious networks provide practical information on how to organize life in the city of arrival, and offer collective practices that enhance a sense of belonging. This essay focuses particularly on the role of evangelical Internet applications and sites. It briefly touches upon the political character of religious (virtual) communities in European cities at a time of enhanced polarization between so-called European insiders and outsiders. The chapter explores descriptions of religious organizations by looking closely at members of two evangelical Brazilian churches that deploy the possibilities of Internet applications to reproduce virtual communities alongside face-to-face interactions in the city.

Keywords: Brazilian migrants; evangelical Brazilian churches; evangelical internet applications; media; postsecular city; Western European cities



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