1st Edition

Religion and Transnational Citizenship in the African Diaspora Akan London

By Mattia Fumanti Copyright 2023
    204 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    204 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on Akan-speaking Ghanaians in London and explores in detail the experience of African migrants living in Britain, investigating how they construct their British citizenship through their membership of the church.

    Building on extensive ethnographic research in London and Ghana, the author explores the relationship between religion and citizenship, the emergence of transnational subjectivities, and the making of diaspora aesthetics among African migrants. Starting from the understanding that citizenship is dialogical, a status mediated by a subject’s multiple and intersecting identities, the author highlights the limitations of existing conceptualisations of migrant citizenship. Anchored in a case study of the British/Ghanaian Methodist Church as a transnational religious organisation and cultural polity, the book explores diasporic religious subjectivities as both cosmopolitan and transnational, while being configured in emotionally and morally significant ways by the Methodist Church, as well as family, ethnicity, and nation.

    Interdisciplinary by nature, this book will be of interest to a wide range of researchers and scholars across the social sciences and humanities working in the fields of anthropology, religion, sociology, postcolonial studies, and African studies, and additionally policy makers interested in diaspora and migration studies.

    Introduction: The New African Diaspora – Ethnicity, Religion, and Citizenship in the Gateway City

    Chapter 1: Haringey: Associational Life and Black Leadership in a North London Borough

    Chapter 2: Migrant Spaces and Transnational Networks Between London and Ghana

    Chapter 3: "Virtuous Citizenship": Ethnicity and Encapsulation among Akan-Speaking Ghanaian Methodists in London

    Chapter 4: Agape Love: Gender, Class, and Transnational Subjectivities in a Methodist Women’s Fellowship

    Chapter 5: ‘Showing-off Aesthetics’: Looking Good, Making Relations, and "Being in the World" in the London Akan Diaspora

    Chapter 6: Intimacy, Citizenship, and Transnational Family Lives between London and Ghana

    Conclusion: Everyday Practices of Citizenship and the Struggle for Recognition and Distinction in Akan London


    Mattia Fumanti is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK.