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Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana

Authors: Lauterbach, Karen

  • Engages actively with the literature on the culture, politics, and cosmology of the Asante people
  • Examines, engages with, and critiques most of the major theoretical debates in Pentecostal studies
  • Offers an original contribution to broader debates about religion, power, and politics in Africa by taking seriously young pastors on their own terms and situating them in a shifting social and cultural context 
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About this book

This book centers around mid-level charismatic pastors in Ghana. Karen Lauterbach analyzes pastorship as a pathway to becoming small “big men” and achieving status, wealth, and power in the country. The volume investigates both the social processes of becoming a pastor and the spiritual dimensions of how power and wealth are conceptualized, achieved, and legitimized in the particular context of Asante in Ghana. Lauterbach integrates her analysis of charismatic Christianity with a historically informed examination of social mobility—how people in subordinate positions seek to join up with power. She explores how the ideas and experiences surrounding the achievement of wealth and performance of power are shaped and re-shaped. In this way, the book historicizes current expressions of charismatic Christianity in Ghana while also bringing the role of religion and belief to bear on our understanding of wealth and power as they function more broadly in African societies. 

About the authors

Karen Lauterbach is Associate Professor at the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Reviews

“This book is a serious addition to work on Asante. It is also one of the most insightful studies available of modern African belief within a documented historical and cultural framework. It is highly rewarding in its own right, and richly suggestive for all those interested in the past and present of Africa.” (T.C. McCaskie,  University of Birmingham, UK)

“Theoretically insightful, empirically rich, methodologically sound, and clearly articulated. Lauterbach’s study provides an important contribution to scholarship on religion in Africa by developing a new framework for explaining the work and careers of young pastors in Asante, Ghana.  She has written an agenda-setting piece for the study of the new charismatic movements in Africa and her findings are bound to be of interest to scholars of religion, public authorities and the reading public.” (George Bob-Milliar, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology, Ghana)

“Karen Lauterbach’s ethnography is creative and innovative on several levels because Lauterbach takes the reader on a journey through a dynamic religious field, demonstrating how religious operatives draw from indigenous and Christian discursive practices to imagine a world and the kind of leadership and ecclesial community necessary to make that world possible. It is spiritual and social world in which apprenticeship and mentorship is valued, sought, and given. At the center of this narrative is the calling and art of pastorship in a cultural and spiritual landscape where successful leadership and becoming a “big man” is valued. This is a fascinating ethnography of the daily lives of the many unsung spiritual leaders at the center of the Pentecostal explosion in Africa and the African diaspora.” (Elias Kifon Bongmba, Rice University, USA)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Lauterbach, Karen

    Pages 1-28

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  • A History of Wealth, Power, and Religion in Asante

    Lauterbach, Karen

    Pages 29-62

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  • Wealth and Worth: The Idea of a Truthful Pastor

    Lauterbach, Karen

    Pages 63-90

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  • The Craft of Pastorship

    Lauterbach, Karen

    Pages 91-124

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  • Performing Spiritual Power and Knowledge

    Lauterbach, Karen

    Pages 125-150

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Buy this book

eBook 76,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33494-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 96,29 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-33493-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Christianity, Wealth, and Spiritual Power in Ghana
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33494-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33494-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33493-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 221
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
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