This is a significant in-depth study that explores the cultural context of the religious experience of West Indian immigrant communities. Whereas most studies to date have focussed on how immigrants settle in their new home contexts, Janice A. McLean-Farrell argues for a more comprehensive perspective that takes into account the importance of religion and the role of both `home' and the `host' contexts in shaping immigrant lives in the Diaspora.
West Indian Pentecostals: Living Their Faith in New York and London explores how these three elements (religion, the `home' and `host' contexts) influence the ethnic-religious identification processes of generations of West Indian immigrants. Using case studies from the cities of New York and London, the book offers a critical cross-national comparison into the complex and indirect ways the historical, socio-economic, and political realities in diaspora contribute to both the identification processes and the `missional' practices of immigrants. Its focus on Pentecostalism also provides a unique opportunity to test existing theories and concepts on the interface of religion and immigration and makes important contributions to the study of Pentecostalism.
Janice A. McLean-Farrell is a faculty member and coordinator of the Global New York Church Project at City Seminary of New York, USA. She is co-editor of Understanding World Christianity (2011) and Engaging the World (2014).
1. Introduction 2. Formation: Ethnic and Religious Identities within the West Indian Context 3. Island Dreams and Diaspora Realities: Migration, Translation and the Formation of West Indian Pentecostal Churches 4. Finding Space: Identification among First-Generation West Indian Immigrants 5. Creating Space: Identity Construction among West Indian Immigrant Youth 6. Led by the Spirit: Mission within West Indian Pentecostal Churches 7. Conclusion: Living their Faith Bibliography Index