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Gender and Power

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520266612.003.0005
Gender and Power

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The goal of this chapter is to comment on the scholarship on gender in the Pentecostal movement and to provide some case contextualization from ethnographic field research with Pentecostals in Colombia. In the religious landscape of Colombia, the term Pentecostal evokes a single denomination, the “Jésus Sólo” Iglesia Pentecostal Unida (IPU). The IPU's rejection of the Trinity isolates them from fellowship with the rest of the evangelical movement in Colombia. Despite their custody of the descriptor Pentecostal, they are by no means the only emergent religious group in Colombia. This spiritual focus is of greater importance for some evangélicos in Colombia than others, and there are a number of unifying factors among evangélicos specific to the Colombian context. In most significant study and analysis of evangélicos in Colombia there is an aggressive focus on the family, on marital and parental roles and responsibilities, that results in a discernible shift in the domestic life of converts.

Keywords: gender; power; Pentecostal movement; evangelical movement; descriptor Pentecostal

Chapter.  8970 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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