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Anthropology of Religion

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/9780520266612.003.0009
Anthropology of Religion

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This chapter deals with the interdisciplinary discourse of Pentecostal studies to determine how distinctly anthropological threads have contributed to it. The three threads pulled out are those dealing with Pentecostal cultural process, everyday life, and relation to modernity. In the first two areas, anthropology has made unique contributions. It has shown that Pentecostalism, with its emphasis on discontinuity, shapes cultural process by introducing novel dynamics of cultural change. It has also laid out in increasingly rich detail the substance of Pentecostalism as lived religion, showing how ritual, embodiment, language use, moral concern, and media production and consumption work together to give Pentecostal life its distinctive shape. The third thread has tended to perform one of the key interdisciplinary roles: that of taking broad generalizations offered up by those in other fields and complicating them through close attention to comparative detail.

Keywords: anthropology; interdisciplinary discourse; Pentecostal studies; moral concern; Pentecostalism

Chapter.  11225 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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