"Are you a real Christian?" stereotypes, distrust and distinction strategies between "new" and "old" Protestants in Catalonia

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Abstract

The arrival of a high number of followers of the Protestant faith due to the increase in immigration flows has shaped the configuration, expectations for future growth and the public role of the Protestant community in Catalonia. However, the adaptation process between "new" and "old" Protestants has not been free of controversies. In this article, I deal with the analysis of the conflictive relationship between African Pentecostal Churches and the Catalan Protestant establishment. In order to do so, I explore the main transformations of the Catalan Protestant field (the phenomenon of reverse mission and above all the creation of ethnic churches) in recent times. The article is based on the fieldwork carried out among Protestant Churches in Catalonia between the years 2002 and 2006 and on ethnographic fieldwork carried out in an African church in Barcelona in 2004. © CRIA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-423
JournalEtnografica
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Christianity
  • Ethnic churches
  • Immigration
  • Pentecostalism
  • Reverse mission

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