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This spot of ground : spiritual baptists in Toronto /
Carol B. Duncan.
imprint
[Waterloo, ON] : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2008.
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xvi, 275 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9781554580170
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imprint
[Waterloo, ON] : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, c2008.
isbn
9781554580170
catalogue key
6530484
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-267) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2009-02-01:
In this rich, engaging ethnography, Duncan (Wilfrid Laurier) explores theoretical issues related to practiced worship, and also the overall experiences of Toronto's largely Anglophone Caribbean spiritual Baptists as immigrants, blacks, and a religious minority in Canada--including the larger context of racial discrimination. This reviewer wishes the ethnographic data and quotations, analysis, self-reflexivity, and methodological concerns were more evenly balanced. Duncan initially devotes considerable space to describing her choices about representing participants' speech and manner of expression. While most readers will be sympathetic, her efforts to provide readers an opportunity to experience the speech cadences and expressiveness of the people she interviews are undercut by the insertion of very long passages of dialogue without analysis or interpretive cues. Well-intentioned readers unfamiliar with Caribbean speech patterns likely will not comprehend some of these extended quotations, and may skip them entirely. Extensive theoretical analysis marks other passages where insertion of her interlocutors' interpretations and opinions might have been enriching. A more even blend of these elements would make this book more readable; overall, however, this is a compelling and interesting new ethnography that will be useful in courses on urban religion, sociology and anthropology of religion, and migration studies. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. A. F. Galvez Lehman College/CUNY
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Main Description
A richly detailed study that explores the emergence of the Spiritual Baptist faith, an African-Caribbean religious tradition, in Toronto, Canada. Originating in Trinidad, Tobago and St Vincent, it is now practiced in cities such as New York, London, as well as Toronto.
Main Description
This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto represents the first detailed exploration of an African-Caribbean religion in the context of contemporary migration to Canada. Toronto is home to Canadas largest black population, a significant portion of which comprises Caribbean migrants and their descendants. This book shows how the development of the Spiritual Baptist religion in Canada has been shaped by the immigration experiences of church members, the large majority of whom are women, and it examines the ways in which religious experiences have mediated the members' experiences of migration and everyday life in Canada. This Spot of Ground is based on a critical ethnography, with in-depth interviews and participant observations of church services and other ritual activities, including baptism and pilgrimage and field research in Trinidad that explores the transnational linkages with Spiritual Baptists there. The book addresses theoretical and methodological issues also, including the development of perspectives suitable for examining diasporic African religious and cultural expressions characterized by transnational migration, an emphasis on oral tradition as the repository of cultural history, and linguistic and cultural hybridity. This Spot of Ground contributes new information to the study of Caribbean religion and culture in the diaspora, providing a detailed examination of the significance of religion in the immigration process and identity and community formations of Caribbean people in Canada.
Main Description
This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Toronto represents the first detailed exploration of an African-Caribbean religion in the context of contemporary migration to Canada. Toronto is home to Canadas largest black population, a significant portion of which comprises Caribbean migrants and their descendants.This book shows how the development of the Spiritual Baptist religion in Canada has been shaped by the immigration experiences of church members, the large majority of whom are women, and it examines the ways in which religious experiences have mediated the members' experiences of migration and everyday life in Canada. This Spot of Ground is based on a critical ethnography, with in-depth interviews and participant observations of church services and other ritual activities, including baptism and pilgrimage and field research in Trinidad that explores the transnational linkages with Spiritual Baptists there. The book addresses theoretical and methodological issues also, including the development of perspectives suitable for examining diasporic African religious and cultural expressions characterized by transnational migration, an emphasis on oral tradition as the repository of cultural history, and linguistic and cultural hybridity.This Spot of Ground contributes new information to the study of Caribbean religion and culture in the diaspora, providing a detailed examination of the significance of religion in the immigration process and identity and community formations of Caribbean people in Canada.
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A detailed study that explores the emergence of the Spiritual Baptist faith, an African-Caribbean religious tradition, in Toronto, Canada.
Main Description
This Spot of Ground: Spiritual Baptists in Torontorepresents the first detailed exploration of an African-Caribbean religion in the context of contemporary migration to Canada. Toronto is home to Canadas largest black population, a significant portion of which comprises Caribbean migrants and their descendants.This book shows how the development of the Spiritual Baptist religion in Canada has been shaped by the immigration experiences of church members, the large majority of whom are women, and it examines the ways in which religious experiences have mediated the members' experiences of migration and everyday life in Canada. This Spot of Groundis based on a critical ethnography, with in-depth interviews and participant observations of church services and other ritual activities, including baptism and pilgrimage and field research in Trinidad that explores the transnational linkages with Spiritual Baptists there. The book addresses theoretical and methodological issues also, including the development of perspectives suitable for examining diasporic African religious and cultural expressions characterized by transnational migration, an emphasis on oral tradition as the repository of cultural history, and linguistic and cultural hybridity.This Spot of Groundcontributes new information to the study of Caribbean religion and culture in the diaspora, providing a detailed examination of the significance of religion in the immigration process and identity and community formations of Caribbean people in Canada.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
The Research Settingp. 9
The Study as a "Talking Book"p. 15
Travessaop. 20
Book Overviewp. 31
"A Passport to Heaven's Gate"p. 35
Introductionp. 35
"Heaven's Gate": Canada in the North American and Caribbean Black Imaginaryp. 38
Church-Ship: Spiritual Voyagingp. 40
Spiritual Baptists in Multicultural Canada: Considering Religious and National Identities in Migrationp. 44
Countercultures of Modernity and the Problem of Multiculturalismp. 45
A Historical Overview of Multiculturalism in Canadap. 48
Multiculturalism in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 54
Spiritual Baptist Perceptions and Experiences of Multiculturalism in Canadap. 57
Conclusionp. 63
"This Spot of Ground": The Emergence of Spiritual Baptists in Torontop. 65
Introductionp. 65
Origins of the Spiritual Baptist Church in the Caribbeanp. 67
"This Spot of Ground": The Spiritual Baptist Church as "Homeplace" in Torontop. 73
The Founding of the First Spiritual Baptist Church in Toronto (1975-1980)p. 76
Toronto Spiritual Baptist Church Organizationp. 89
Conclusionp. 90
"So Spiritually, So Carnally": Spiritual Baptist Ritual, Theology, and the Everyday World in Torontop. 93
Introductionp. 93
"So Carnally, So Spiritually"p. 97
Ritual as Performance and Social Commentaryp. 99
Joining the Spiritual Baptist Church in Torontop. 124
Coming to Canadap. 128
Work Experiencesp. 130
"It Hurt Me Feelings": Naming Racismp. 133
"I Say You Can Call Me 'Damn Bitch' ... Just Don't Call Me 'Madam'!": Challenging Sexist Racismp. 142
The Church as Community: Support Networks in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 146
Conclusionp. 148
"Africaland": "Africa" In Toronto Spiritual Baptist Experiencep. 151
Introductionp. 151
Africalandp. 154
Sacred Space and Place in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 157
Sacred Time in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 159
Travelling to Africalandp. 160
Africa as Edenp. 162
Africaland and the African Diasporap. 165
Conclusionp. 171
"Dey Give Me a House to Gather in Di Chil'ren": Mothers and Daughters in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 177
Introductionp. 177
An Overview of Domestic Service in Canadap. 181
The Mothers of the Churchp. 189
Family in the Spirit: Extended Family in the Spiritual Baptist Churchp. 198
"If You Don't Come to Me, I'm Coming to You": Ancestral Motherp. 202
"Dey Give Me a House to Gather in di Chil'ren": Spiritual Mother/Carnal Motherp. 206
"God Has Work for You to Do": Nation Motherp. 207
"It Makes You Feel Like Home": Spiritual Daughterp. 211
Conclusionp. 212
Aunt(Y) Jemima in Toronto Spiritual Baptist Experiences: Spiritual Mother Or Servile Woman?p. 215
Introductionp. 215
"Seeing" Aunt Jemimap. 218
(Re)Turning the Gaze on Aunt(y) Jemimap. 222
Re-reading Aunt(y) Jemima and the Creole Womanp. 227
Tie-head Womanp. 232
Head-ties and the Social Construction of Identityp. 237
Conclusionp. 243
Conclusionp. 247
"To Pick It Up and Take It Forward''p. 248
Bibliographyp. 257
Indexp. 269
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