Reforming space

migrant agency and reimagining community and belonging


In this article, I offer an examination of migration and its intersection with religion, focusing on (1) how increased migration disrupts the idea of the nation-state, (2) how migration expands our understandings of church and pastoral practice, and finally, (3) the ways in which migration raises key questions about what constitutes religion and religious work. Through the exploration of two case studies, one from South Africa and one from France, I seek to demonstrate that migration should not be conceived merely as liminal, or non-space, and that migrants actively construct social worlds through which they make sense of their life situations and ambitions for the future. Finally, I argue that focusing on migrants` beliefs and practices makes possible a greater appreci-ation of the agency of migrants in reforming religious spaces and their own mobile futures.