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My Neighbour’s God

Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity

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Edited By Andreas Kunz-Lübcke

In the latest discussion on the relations between religions, it has often been argued that monotheism necessarily leads to intolerance and exclusivism. A religion which claims to worship «the one and only true God» is inevitably forced to reject every religious behaviour and practices of «the Other». But is this really the case? This volume contains contributions which discuss the major question: What are the instruments and the strategies used in different religious settings where interreligious encounter is part of daily life? Most of the contributions concentrate on the challenges of theology in the context of India. A special focus will be on approaches for interreligious coexistence derived from Biblical or Systematic Theology.

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“It is tough work to stay who you are”: (Religious) Boundary and Identity Work

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Abstract: The major focus of this paper is on (religious) boundary and identity work by ‘irregular’ Christian Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) in Hong Kong. The findings of the paper are based on a series of Focus Groups carried out in Manila, Philippines, with undocumented Filipino migrants who had recently returned to the Philippines. The paper explores the respondents’ perspective on the nexus between diaspora, culture, religion and identity and it analyses how boundary work is carried out in the context of undocumented persons. A first section of the paper explores diasporic constructs as chosen primary identity base by looking at classical diaspora approaches and the diaspora-related self-reflection of the respondents. A second section focuses on insights and findings from individual and social identity theories and engages with the respondents’ context-specific identity constructs as undocumented Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong while a third section concentrates on the concept of boundary work and discusses the relevance of the concept for the respondents and how it was carried out by them.

Keywords: undocumented migrants, diaspora identity, Overseas Filipino Workers in Hong Kong

1.  “Where  we come from and how we got there”:1 Points of Departure, Research Interest and Methodology

For decades, The Philippines have exhibited a large proportion of the overall population that works/lives/studies abroad, on a temporary or on a long-term to permanent basis. The Government Commission on Filipinos Overseas offers three categories for citizens of the Philippines abroad, i.e. a) permanent...

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