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Integration in IrelandThe Everyday Lives of African Migrants$
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Fiona Murphy and Mark Maguire

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086946

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086946.001.0001

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Enchanting Ireland

Enchanting Ireland

(p.64) 3 Enchanting Ireland
Integration in Ireland

Mark Maguire

Fiona Murphy

Manchester University Press

This chapter opens with an ethnographic description of a ‘Jesus Walk’ through Drogheda, a ‘pilgrimage-like’ walk undertaken by migrants that aimed to bless and re-enchant the landscape of an Irish town. This chapter explains the importance of religion in the lives of Nigerian and Congolese migrants living in Ireland, from those within the asylum system to migrant-led, Pentecostal church leaders preaching throughout Ireland. One of the broad questions herein is: what are the relationships between religion and integration? Herein, again, we focus on everyday experiences as a way through which to understand the imbrication of religion into other aspects of people's lives and discuss the ways in which migrant-led churches are facilitating what they see as a re-enchantment of landscape.

Keywords:   Enchantment, Pentecostalism, Churches, Prosperity Gospel, Evangelism, Affect, Embodiment

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