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Religion as a Resource for the Political Involvement of Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa in Berlin

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In order to address political problems like racism and global inequality, individuals and groups need resources. Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, however, are a particularly precarious and vulnerable part of German society. The question this chapter raises is whether religion can be a resource to overcome these barriers and to define and voice political issues that concern them as migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, i.e. both as Black people in a society dominated by Whites and as migrants from and often experts for a continent still marked by colonialism and neo-colonial terms of trade. The theoretical arguments respectively will also draw on social movement theories in addition to models explaining individual participation. These theoretical arguments are outlined very briefly in a first step, while the second step will consist of a description of the organisational structures and the political involvement of sub-Saharan Muslims and Christians in Berlin.

Keywords: Berlin; Christians; colonialism; German society; migrants; neo-colonial terms; political problems; social movement theories; sub-Saharan Africa; sub-Saharan Muslims



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