Pentecostalism and Development

Churches, NGOs and Social Change in Africa
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ISBN-13:
9781349437030
Einband:
Paperback
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.01.2012
Seiten:
252
Autor:
D. Freeman
Gewicht:
333 g
Format:
218x141x20 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

'Full of new insights and transcending anthropologists' familiar condemnation of the aid industry, this book suggests a completely new direction for research on the type of change generally called 'development'. It boldly concludes that Pentecostal churches are often more effective agents of change than secular NGOs as they are more successful at emphasizing empowerment as personal transformation, enabling people to embrace change 'from below', and endowing such change with moral legitimacy. Using Weber's key insights, and drawing on a range of nuanced case studies, this fascinating book explores affinities between the 'Pentecostal ethic' and the forms of market-driven development which the aspirant middle class in Africa increasingly finds itself embracing.' - Deborah James, Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
The Pentecostal Ethic and the Spirit of Development; D.Freeman PART I: PENTECOSTALISM AND THE NEOLIBERAL TURN Pentecostalism, Populism and the New Politics of Affect; J.Comaroff Prosperity Gospels and Enchanted Worldviews: Two Responses to Socio-Economic Transformations in Tanzanian Pentecostal Christianity; P.Hasu Pentecostalism and Post-Development: Pentecostal Development Ideologies in Ghanaian Migrant Communities; R.van Dijk PART II: CHURCHES AND NGOS: DIFFERENT ROUTES OF SALVATION Pentecostal and Development Imaginaries in West Africa; C.Piot Saving Development: Secular NGOs, the Pentecostal Revolution, and the Search for a Purified Political Space in the Taita Hills, Kenya; J.Smith Development and the Rural Entrepreneur: Pentecostals, NGOs and the Market in the Gamo Highlands, Ethiopia; D.Freeman Pentecostalism, Development NGOs and Meaning in Eastern Uganda; B.Jones Agents of Gendered Change: Empowerment, Salvation and Gendered Transformation in Urban Kenya; D.Parsitau
Development was founded on the belief that religion was not important to development processes. The contributors call this assumption into question and explore the practical impacts of religion by looking at the developmental consequences of Pentecostal Christianity in Africa, and by contrasting Pentecostal and secular models of change.

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