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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 Global Geography of the Spirit among Catholic Charismatic Communities

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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Thomas J. Csordas

NYU Press

This chapter explores the “global geography of the spirit” evident among Catholic charismatic communities. It takes geography as having both literal and metaphorical implications, which thus refers to a figurative conceptual terrain as well as to the physical features on the face of the earth. Both of these meanings are at play in an examination of the “cartographic self-representation” of Catholic charismatics, who draw for instance on websites to exhibit a powerful sense of international presence and progress toward world evangelization. The chapter includes but goes beyond the examination of maps, however, as it traces the workings of the geography of the spirit in the everyday lives of members, their verbal and body languages, and their (often gendered) experiences of space.

Keywords:   global geography of the spirit, geography, Catholic charismatics, Catholic charismatic communities, cartographic self-representation, experiences of space, maps

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