Migration and the Sacred in Greater Rosettenville, Johannesburg

  • Peter Kankonde
  • Lorena Núñez
Part of the Global Diversities book series (GLODIV)


This chapter examines various waves of migration and their processes of settlement in Greater Rosettenville in south Johannesburg from a historical and contemporary perspective. We explore how various migrant groups have gained access to sacred spaces and this exploration leads to an analysis of these spaces as pivotal in the process of place making. We discuss here the process of place making, examining the case of a longstanding but dwindling Jewish community residing in the area and contingently sharing the synagogue space with a more recently settled Congolese Pentecostal congregation. We begin from the standpoint that when communities move to a new area, the manners in which they claim these spaces are as diverse as people themselves. By exploring the ways in which the Jewish and the Congolese migrant community occupy the same religious space, we hope to shed light on the relationship between mobility, diversity, and politics of the sacred in the city.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Kankonde
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lorena Núñez
    • 3
  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic DiversityGöttingenGermany
  2. 2.African Centre for Migration and Society (ACMS)University of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of the Witwatersrand (WITS)JohannesburgSouth Africa

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