African Diaspora

Somalis in the First World War

As a new exhibition commemorates the Somali effort during the First World War, LSE’s Joanna Lewis analyses how scholarship of the Great War is increasingly encompassing the global contribution of the conflict.
This year marks the centenary of the end of the First World War (1914-18).  In London, one of the most famous WW1 memorials can be found in Hyde […]

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    Africans winning the World Cup? What ‘decolonisation by integration’ could teach us about black French identity

Africans winning the World Cup? What ‘decolonisation by integration’ could teach us about black French identity

Following claims that Africa actually won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, students Arbie Baguios (MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies), Ynis Isimbi (Msc Development Studies) and David Yamron (MSc Development Management) explore French identity and its colonial past. 

 

France just won the World Cup. But the fact that at least 15 players out of their 23-strong team are of African descent has […]

Book Review: Afrotopia by Felwine Sarr

Anna Wood calls “Afrotopia” an inspiring manifesto and metaphor for a new Africa.
This book opens with a meditation on how Africa’s fate has long – since Antiquity – been decided from the outside. Its central thesis calls for the continent to move forward in a new way, locating itself at the centre. ‘Se penser, se répresenter, se projeter’ [To […]

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    ‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’: Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

Geraldine Asiwome Adiku argues for effective means to make undocumented migrants become documented in the UK, as the state is benefiting from them despite not officially recognising them.

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa1, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a […]

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    How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

How are black majority churches growing in the UK? A London Borough case study

Andrew Rogers’ Being Built Together project found 240 black majority churches in Southwark, south London, the greatest concentration of African Christianity in the world outside of Africa, it is believed. Here Rogers looks at how this relates to the broader picture of church growth and decline in the UK, finding that urban religious landscapes have changed dramatically over recent […]

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    Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Virtuous citizens: Pentecostal social activism in an age of suspicion

Through social activism Nigerian Pentecostals in London are carving out a space in society and making a claim for public recognition says Simon Coleman.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

Migration is probably always a combination of opportunity and threat—for both migrants and members of host societies. Things aren’t made much […]

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    Pentecostalism in Britain today: Making up for failures of the past

Pentecostalism in Britain today: Making up for failures of the past

A Pentecostal symposium and celebration will take place in London on Saturday 26 November 2016 profiling the diversity that exists in British Pentecostalism today. Almost seventy years after Windrush, Bishop Dr Joe Aldred argues that the symposium is a way to reclaim ground lost when White British Pentecostals failed along with the rest of the British church to welcome […]

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    African-initiated Pentecostal churches are on the rise in the UK – what role do they seek to play in wider society?

African-initiated Pentecostal churches are on the rise in the UK – what role do they seek to play in wider society?

Pentecostals traditionally see social issues in spiritual terms. Here, Leslie Fesenmyer details how a Pentecostal lunch programme in East London has gone against this trend and how migrant-led churches are helping to reinvigorate Protestantism.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

African-initiated Pentecostal churches are on the rise in the United Kingdom, […]

A History of Pentecostalism in Britain

Stephen Hunt analyses the history of the pentecostal movement in the United Kingdom.

Our Pentecostalism in Britain series is in collaboration with LSE’s Religion and the Public Sphere blog.

Through its very many manifestations or ‘streams’, Pentecostalism has long enjoyed a presence in Britain since its inception at the beginning of the twentieth century and via the several revivalist forms of […]

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