Pentecostalism and a Global Community of Sentiment: The Cases of Nigerian and Congolese Pastors in Diaspora

  • Rafael Cazarin
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This chapter sheds light on discourses developed by Pentecostal leaders regarding their ability to (re)produce emotionally-based narratives associated with the vicissitudes faced by African migrants within wider South African and Spanish society. By analysing narrative activities such as counselling, sermons, preaching, life testimonies and church leaders’ life journeys I explore their articulation of the tensions in migrants’ integration processes. Such geographically distinct cases unveil the multiple ways African Pentecostal discursive and symbolic tools generate shared belonging within a (de)localised ‘community of sentiment’. These communities rest at the ‘social interstices’ of South Africa and Spain where African migrants experience similar forms of exclusion and marginalisation; navigating through pastors’ universal and particularistic approaches, the church community (e)merges along with emotions and sentiments relating migrants’ vital quests for belonging.


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  • Rafael Cazarin
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  1. 1.University of the Basque CountryLeioaSpain
  2. 2.Sonke Gender JusticeJohannesburgSouth Africa

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