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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism$
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Simon Coleman and Rosalind I. J. Hackett

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772591

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772591.001.0001

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A New Field?

(p.1) Introduction
The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Simon Coleman

Rosalind I. J. Hackett

NYU Press

This introductory chapter examines the varied dimensions of the anthropological study of Pentecostalism and evangelicalism (P/e). It looks into a brief history of the anthropology of P/e as a growing field of study, tracing the “coming of age” of this subfield and how it occurred. In addition, the chapter explores the reasons why an ethnographer—however secular—might have taken up interest in an anthropological study of P/e, thus paving the way for a discussion on the vast potential of an anthropology of P/e for social scientific study due to its conjoining of the academic, cultural, and P/e worlds. Given the scope of the subject at hand, the chapter thus sets out the specific definitions of P/e to be undertaken in this volume, and elucidates further into the vast spectrum of an anthropology of P/e.

Keywords:   Pentecostalism, evangelism, P/e, anthropology, Christianity, anthropology of P/e, social sciences, ethnography

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