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Title: The Interdependence of Mobility and Faith: An Introduction
Authors: Pype, Katrien ×
Van Wolputte, Steven
Melice, Anne #
Issue Date: Nov-2012
Publisher: Association canadienne des études africaines
Series Title: Canadian Journal of African Studies vol:46 issue:3 pages:355-365
Abstract: Re´sume´
L’introduction de ce nume´ro spe´cial resserre les enjeux the´oriques et analytiques qui
traversent ces quatre textes. Ces textes montrent que de´votion et mobilite´, croyance et
trajectoire vont de pair. L’argument principal en est que les mouvements religieux
e´tudie´s ici ne constituent pas des phe´nome`nes locaux qui cherchent a` transcender les
frontie`res e´tablies. Ces mouvements religieux sont eux-meˆmes la transcendance en ce
sens qu’ils sont toujours (et ont toujours e´te´) une partie de l’espace limitrophe entre le
global et le vernaculaire, le moderne et le traditionnel. Ils ne sont pas a` la frontie`re: ils
sont la frontie`re. La discussion de concepts tels que ceux de mobilite´, postcolonialisme
et translocalite´ entra─▒ˆne la proble´matisation de concepts comme « Afrique » et
« diaspora ». Une seconde perspective que partagent ces diffe´rentes contributions est
que les trajectoires des praticiens religieux ne suivent pas des routes bien trace´es, mais
plutoˆ t des routes constamment « interrompues » : les voyageurs se de´placent entre des
localite´s, en passant d’un centre a` un autre. Une telle approche permet de mettre
l’accent sur les re´seaux et les interactions concre`tes et elle e´branle l’homoge´ne´ite´
suppose´e des voies que les Africains (ou les Pentecoˆtistes) empruntent pour s’aventurer
vers le monde de « la`-bas ».
Abstract
The introduction to the special issue draws together theoretical and analytical strands
that run through the four papers. As the four papers illustrate, devotion and mobility,
belief and trajectory, go hand in hand. The main argument is that the religious
movements discussed in this special issue are not local phenomena attempting to
transcend fixed boundaries: they are transcendence, in the sense that they always are
(and have been) part of the border land between global and vernacular, modern and
traditional. They are not at the border: they are the border. Concepts such as mobility,
postcoloniality and translocality are being discussed, which in turn lead to a
problematization of concepts such as “Africa” and “Diaspora”. A second strand that
combines the various papers is that trajectories along which religious practitioners
travel are not nicely established routes, rather these are constantly “interrupted”;
travellers move between localities, hopping from one hub to another. Such an approach
allows a focus on networks and concrete interactions; and it destabilizes the assumed
homogenous tracts along which Africans (or Pentecostalists) venture into the world
“out there”.
ISSN: 0008-3968
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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