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Pentecostalism and Development

Churches, NGOs and Social Change in Africa

Editors: Freeman, D. (Ed.)

  • 'Scholars have for some time sensed that in many parts of the world development projects and Pentecostal Christianity stand in complex relations of competition and cooperation as programs that similarly promote personal and cultural change. But until now, no single work has sharpened this widespread intuition into a coherent line of argument or a workable research program. This groundbreaking book does both. With a superb introduction that tackles the key issues head on, followed by a group of first-class case studies that cash these issues out empirically, this collection should set the terms of debate about development and religion in Africa and well beyond for a long time to come.' - Joel Robbins, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • '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
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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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JEAN COMAROFF is Bernard E. and Ellen C. Sunny Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, USA 
DENA FREEMAN is Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, University College, London, UK PAIVI HASU is Adjunct Professor at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland 
BEN JONES is Lecturer in the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia, UK 
DAMARIS PARSITAU is Lecturer in African Christianities at Egerton University, Kenya CHARLES PIOT is Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, USA 
JAMES H. SMITH is Associate Professor of Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Davis, USA 
RIJK VAN DIJK is an anthropologist working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands

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'Scholars have for some time sensed that in many parts of the world development projects and Pentecostal Christianity stand in complex relations of competition and cooperation as programs that similarly promote personal and cultural change. But until now, no single work has sharpened this widespread intuition into a coherent line of argument or a workable research program. This groundbreaking book does both. With a superb introduction that tackles the key issues head on, followed by a group of first-class case studies that cash these issues out empirically, this collection should set the terms of debate about development and religion in Africa and well beyond for a long time to come.' - Joel Robbins, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, USA

'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


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • The Pentecostal Ethic and the Spirit of Development

    Freeman, Dena

    Pages 1-38

  • Pentecostalism, Populism and the New Politics of Affect

    Comaroff, Jean

    Pages 41-66

  • Prosperity Gospels and Enchanted Worldviews: Two Responses to Socio-economic Transformation in Tanzanian Pentecostal Christianity

    Hasu, Päivi

    Pages 67-86

  • Pentecostalism and Post-Development: Exploring Religion as a Developmental Ideology in Ghanaian Migrant Communities

    Dijk, Rijk

    Pages 87-108

  • Pentecostal and Development Imaginaries in West Africa

    Piot, Charles

    Pages 111-133

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pentecostalism and Development
Book Subtitle
Churches, NGOs and Social Change in Africa
Editors
  • D. Freeman
Series Title
Non-Governmental Public Action
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01725-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137017253
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-01724-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43703-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 248
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