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Communities of Compensation and Resistance: Integration in the making at an African church in Helsinki and Paris

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Linda Haapajärvi

École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) / Centre Maurice Halbwachs - Équipe de recherche sur les inégalités sociales (CMH-ERIS), FR
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This article explores the ways in which religious communities make available elements of integration to their members. Based on the fieldwork at an African evangelical church in Helsinki and Paris, I show that by providing the members a place for cultural and religious practice, access to relationships of social recognition and material protection, the church community contributes to social integration of its members. I also show that collective resistance to racial stigmatization and urban poverty are significant community effects that help the church members counter obstacles to their participation in the common social life of the host society.
How to Cite: Haapajärvi, L., 2012. Communities of Compensation and Resistance: Integration in the making at an African church in Helsinki and Paris. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 2(1), pp.57–65. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0027-8
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Published on 01 Mar 2012.
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