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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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Moral Geographies in Transnational Ghanaian Pentecostal Networks

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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Kristine Krause

NYU Press

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.

Keywords:   Ghana, Ghanaian-founded churches, transnational Pentecostal networks, Pentecostal practices, Ghanaian migrants, moral geographies

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