Civic groups, churches, and ministries are globally among the most willing and active in the assistance and advocacy of refugees and migrants. Innumerous projects, camps, and activist practices are often the first line of resistance to increasingly restrictive policies.
These practices are located on all continents and in all localities with visible and contested migration. Yet so far, these practices have only rarely been researched and academically interpreted, even if they, on many occasions, have had a significant impact and significance, both locally and internationally. One might say that the resistance practices and their contexts represent the most visible and influential opposition to the politics of closed borders and deportation.
Documenting, analyzing, and interpreting different kinds of resistance and challenging practices – both historical and contemporary – is the aim of this new series. In order to achieve that, the series will take an open and interdisciplinary approach. It invites scholars from the fields of religious studies, sociology, criminology, anthropology, philosophy, history, theology, and related disciplines to submit and participate in the series.
The themes comprise:
Ritual Servitudes and Christian Social Practices in Ghana The Hidden Spaces of Otherness in Religion
Contested Hospitalities in a Time of Migration Religious and Secular Counterspaces in the Nordic Region
By David Stiles-Ocran
October 21, 2022
The book explores the kinds of Christian service or diaconia that develop in non-institutionalized practices for supporting survivors of indigenous ritual servitude, or Trokosi in Africa. Drawing on empirical research from Ghana, it examines the possibilities of freedom, equality and dignity for ...
By Cecilia Nahnfeldt, Kaia S. Rønsdal
May 31, 2021
This book reconstructs the connection between religion and migration, drawing on post-colonial perspectives to shed light on what religion can contribute to migrant encounters. Examining the resources and motives for hospitality as lived in Christian contexts in the Nordic region, it addresses the ...
By Synnøve Bendixsen, Trygve Wyller
October 29, 2019
This book explores the duality of openness and restriction in approaches to migrants in the Nordic countries. As borders have become less permeable to non-Europeans, it presents research on civil society practices that oppose the existing border regimes and examine the values that they express. The...
By Daisy L. Machado, Bryan S. Turner, Trygve Eiliv Wyller
June 04, 2018
Borderland Religion narrates, presents and interprets the fascinating and significant practices when borders, migrants and religion intersect. This collection of original essays combines theology, philosophy and sociology to examine diverse religious issues surrounding external national borders and...