The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Simon Coleman and Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Print publication date: 2017

ISBN: 9780814772591

Publisher: NYU Press


The phenomenal growth of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism around the world in recent decades has forced us to rethink what it means to be religious and what it means to be global. The success of these religious movements has revealed tensions and resonances between the public and the private, the religious and the cultural, and the local and the global. This volume provides an interesting perspective on what has become a truly global religious trend, one that is challenging conventional analytical categories within the social sciences. This book considers the character of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism not only as they have spread across the globe, but also as they have become global movements. Adopting a broadly anthropological approach, the chapters synthesize the existing literature on Pentecostalism and evangelicalism even as they offer new analyses and critiques. They show how the study of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism provides a fresh way to approach classic anthropological themes; they contest the frequent characterization of these movements as conservative religious, social, and political forces; and they argue that Pentecostalism and evangelicalism are significant not least because they encourage us to reflect on the intersections of politics, materiality, morality, and law. Ultimately, the volume leaves us with a clear sense of the cultural and social power, as well as the theoretical significance, of forms of Christianity that we can no longer afford to ignore.

Table of Contents


Simon Coleman and Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Section 1 Moralizing the World

1 Personhood

Omri Elisha

2 Circulations

Jean Debernardi

3 Orientations

Kristine Krause

Section 2 Language and Embodiment

4 Affect

Jon Bialecki

5 Feminine Habitus

Kelly H. Chong

6 Mobility

Thomas J. Csordas

Section 3 Transmission and Mediation

7 Mediating Money

Martin Lindhardt

8 Mediating Culture

Martijn Oosterbaan

9 Mediating Miracle Truth

Mathijs Pelkmans

Section 4 The State and Beyond New Relations, New Tensions

10 Politics of Sovereignty

Ruy Llera Blanes

11 Politics of Prayer

Kevin Lewis O’Neill


Joel Robbins