Abel Ugba, Shades of Belonging: African Pentecostals in Twenty-First Century Ireland (Trenton, NJ, and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, 2009). xii + 284 pp. $29.95, paperback.

Abel Ugba, Shades of Belonging: African Pentecostals in Twenty-First Century Ireland (Trenton,... This book is an addition to the growing number that study the growth and impact of the African Diaspora in Europe. The author arrived in Ireland in the 1990s in the first wave of African migrants, the majority of whom were highly educated Nigerians. During the following decade, the next wave of new arrivals was largely composed of asylum seekers and refugees. It was from research within this group that Ugba gained subject matter for his PhD in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. For two years (2003-5), he held a teaching fellowship in Trinity’s Sociology Department, before taking a post at the University of East London where he is now Senior Journalism Lecturer. His journalistic skills were honed in Nigeria in the 1980s and put to good use in Ireland. He was co-publisher and pioneering editor of Metro Eireann , Ireland’s most popular multicultural newspaper. He describes himself as a Christian though not in the “born-again” sense. The book is primarily a sociological study that takes Pentecostalism as his source for an examination of the complexities of mutual adaptation occasioned when an immigrant minority becomes part of a dominant host society. The focus on Pentecostals rests on the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Pneuma Brill

Abel Ugba, Shades of Belonging: African Pentecostals in Twenty-First Century Ireland (Trenton, NJ, and Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, 2009). xii + 284 pp. $29.95, paperback.

Pneuma, Volume 34 (2): 296 – Jan 1, 2012

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This book is an addition to the growing number that study the growth and impact of the African Diaspora in Europe. The author arrived in Ireland in the 1990s in the first wave of African migrants, the majority of whom were highly educated Nigerians. During the following decade, the next wave of new arrivals was largely composed of asylum seekers and refugees. It was from research within this group that Ugba gained subject matter for his PhD in Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. For two years (2003-5), he held a teaching fellowship in Trinity’s Sociology Department, before taking a post at the University of East London where he is now Senior Journalism Lecturer. His journalistic skills were honed in Nigeria in the 1980s and put to good use in Ireland. He was co-publisher and pioneering editor of Metro Eireann , Ireland’s most popular multicultural newspaper. He describes himself as a Christian though not in the “born-again” sense. The book is primarily a sociological study that takes Pentecostalism as his source for an examination of the complexities of mutual adaptation occasioned when an immigrant minority becomes part of a dominant host society. The focus on Pentecostals rests on the

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