By David Thurfjell
Based on interviews and box paintings, this unique ethnographic learn deals a special presentation and research of the Pentecostal revival in a single of Europe's many Romani groups - the Kaale Roma of Finland and Sweden. via person lifestyles tales, old exposés, sociological interpretation, and formality and discourse research, Thurfjell offers a shiny, exact portrait of the multifaceted and intricate state of affairs of latest Roma.
This research of the Pentecostal circulation is of curiosity to an individual who seeks to appreciate the non secular, ancient, social and discursive methods that underlie the advanced and tough state of affairs of ecu Roma today.
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In order to get a grasp of the history of the Kaale revival, the history of several different movements must therefore be introduced. It all began in the late nineteenth century when some representatives of the Finnish Salvation Army made an attempt to bring the Romani people into an active Christian faith. In the beginning of the twentieth century, the process continued with the efforts of some individual evangelists of different denominational backgrounds. indd 36 15/11/2012 11:32 the finnish kaale and their religion 37 as the Free Church).
Like other Finnish immigrants, they came to find jobs and to try their chances of building a decent life on the other side of the Baltic Sea. In Sweden, the authorities’ attitude towards the Roma was largely parallel to that of Finland. Similarly, the Swedish majority institutions considered the Romani culture to be the cause of all the social problems that were associated with the Roma. The solution to these problems, therefore, was believed to be found in an assimilation of Romani people through schooling and lodging.
22 faith and revivalism in a nordic romani community the trades upon which the Roma had made their living lost their relevance and became increasingly obsolete. As a response to their new situation, the Roma, together with many other Finns, moved to the cities. The late 1940s and the early 1950s saw massive urbanisation in Finland. And the Roma became a part of this. Their marginalisation, however, remained intact in the cities, albeit taking a different form. Many settled in suburbs and became something of a slum community at the margins of the changing society.
Faith and Revivalism in a Nordic Romani Community: Pentecostalism Amongst the Kaale Roma of Sweden and Finland by David Thurfjell