Hope, Margin, Example: The Kimbanguist Diaspora in Lisbon

  • Ramon Sarró
Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)


Over the last decade, there has been an ‘expectations turn’ in anthropology. Anthropologists have produced a substantial body of literature on aspirations and hope (Crapanzano, 2003; Eggerman and Panter-Brick, 2010; Miyazaki, 2004); on uncertainty and ‘waithood’ (Honwana, 2013); and on futures (Appadurai, 2013; Cole, 2010; Cole and Durham, 2008; Piot, 2010; Temudo and Abrantes, 2015). This development seems in sharp contrast with the previous interest in the anthropology of memory, which tended to overemphasise the power of memory and of tradition to the detriment of creativity and invention (see Berliner, 2005 for a critical review). One of the arguments of this chapter is to suggest that we ought to find a balance, if not a synthesis, between studying the ways in which the past is used in people’s search for exemplarity and studying the expectations generated by people’s beliefs, education, and socialisation.


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