The Cultural Turn

Allan Anderson, Michael Bergunder, André Droogers and Cornelis van der Laan

in Studying Global Pentecostalism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780520266612
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947504 | DOI:
The Cultural Turn

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This chapter deals with the cultural turn. Cultural studies and similar designations mark a diverse field of related theoretical approaches, sometimes labeled as the cultural turn. Cultural studies are concerned with the role of cultural practices in the construction of contexts of human life as milieus of power. They have deeply influenced the humanities and social sciences. But this does not mean that these constructions are arbitrary or fictitious, as in some constructivist approaches. They are real and have real effects, though as historical products they do not exist as necessities, but are contingent. Cultural studies and the poststructuralist approach give rise to specific guiding questions for concrete research agendas that are of interest for the study of Pentecostalism. They provide a certain theoretical perspective for the exploration of cultural phenomena, but they do not propose their own methodology.

Keywords: cultural turn; cultural studies; poststructuralist; Pentecostalism; cultural phenomena

Chapter.  10880 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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