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Mobility And Belonging Among Transnational Congolese Pentecostal Congregations: Modernity And The Emergence Of Socioeconomic Differences

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This chapter examines the transnational trajectories experienced by Congolese members of a Pentecostal congregation located in Montréal, the Communauté Évangélique de Pentecôte (cep). It introduces the congregation and its members and focuses on three discourses that frame their migratory and transnational experiences: the believers' linguistic practices, the role they assign to religion in public spaces, and the church's vision of global expansion. The chapter argues that the discursive construction of transnational experience reorganizes traditional power structures around new social categories based on modern frames of reference, such as formal education and learning, to the benefit of young, educated, and French-speaking members. It presents verbal and non-verbal data, including interviews with believers and the author's observations of their religious and social behavior, which he interpret as the discursive forms that construct their experience of the world.

Keywords: Communauté Évangélique de Pentecôte (cep); Congolese members; Montréal; Pentecostal congregation; transnational trajectories



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