Moral Geographies in Transnational Ghanaian Pentecostal Networks
This chapter concerns how Pentecostal believers evaluate, sustain, and create moral geographies of their inner selves, their surroundings, and the wider world in their charismatic practices. It explores these practices based on fieldwork conducted with migrants from Ghana in London, but also on research in transnational Pentecostal networks of Ghanaian-founded churches based in Berlin and Hamburg. While the focus is on how moral subject positions are created in this “simultaneously universal and deeply personal” movement, the chapter also emphasizes that Pentecostal practices are inevitably relational. Importantly, this chapter proposes that the question of rupture that dominated the anthropological literature for quite some time needs to be reformulated in light of the diversification of the Pentecostal scene; for young Ghanaian migrants born into born-again families, the challenge is how to preserve these moral boundaries.
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