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    Shifting markers of identity in East London's diasporic religious spaces

    Ahmed, N. and Gidley, Ben and Garnett, J. and Harris, A. and Keith, M. (2016) Shifting markers of identity in East London's diasporic religious spaces. Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (2), pp. 223-242. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    Abstract

    This article discusses the historical and geographical contexts of diasporic religious buildings in East London, revealing – contrary both to conventional narratives of immigrant integration, mobility, and succession and to identitarian understandings of belonging – that in such spaces and in the concrete devotional practices enacted in them, markers and boundaries of identity (ritual, spatial, and political) are contested, renegotiated, erased, and rewritten. It draws on a series of case-studies: Fieldgate Street Synagogue in its interrelationship with the East London Mosque; St Antony's Catholic Church in Forest Gate where Hindus and Christians worship together; and the intertwined histories of Methodism and Anglicanism in Bow Road. Exploration of the intersections between ethnicity, religiosity, and class illuminates the ambiguity and instability of identity-formation and expression within East London's diasporic faith spaces.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Oxford Diasporas Programme: Religious faith, space and diasporic communities in East London: 1880-present. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): East London, Diaspora, faith spaces
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Dr Ben Gidley
    Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 11:54
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 00:10
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13843

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