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Religious transnationalism among Ghanaian immigrants in Toronto: a binary logistic regression analysis

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Abstract:

Thanks to pioneering work within anthropology, students of international migration acknowledge that most immigrants do not sever their ties with the homeland, but rather maintain them through a variety of cross-border relationships. While scholarly work has proliferated, since the early 1990s, over the transnational economic and political activities of immigrants, to date, only few analysts have examined the religious practices with which immigrants sustain memberships in multiple locations. In addition, most available studies on transnational migration has dwelled on qualitative methods, such as participant observation, focus groups discussions and in-depth interviews with a handful of informants, with little or no inclination towards the quantitative measurement of key variables implicated in the process. The prevalence of ethnographic methods in this area of research has, quite understandably, engendered charges of exaggeration, given the tendency of such techniques ‘to sample on the dependent variable’, to borrow the phrase of Alejandro Portes. Using data collected from a survey among Ghanaian immigrant congregations in Toronto, this study seeks to statistically predict the propensity to engage in transnational religious practices by way of a binary logistic regression analysis. In addition, the study examines how the transnational religious activities of the sampled immigrants relate to, overlap with, and differ from other kinds of transnational practices they pursue.

Keywords: Toronto; analyse logistique; immigration; logistic analysis; religious transnationalism; transnationalisme religieux

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0064.2008.00215.x

Affiliations: Department of Geography, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ( ), Email: jmensah@yorku.ca

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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