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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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Politics of Sovereignty

Politics of Sovereignty

Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity and Politics in Angola

(p.197) 10 Politics of Sovereignty
The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Ruy Llera Blanes

NYU Press

This chapter explores how Pentecostal and evangelical movements are increasingly engaging in aspects of governance and partisan policy in Angola's public sphere, and how they are negotiating shifting developments and evolving state-sponsored religious policies. These developments raise the question of how such movements translate their transnational, universalizing ethos and narrative into specific, located engagements with national regimes. From the bottom-up perspective of anthropology, the “nationalization” of religion is anything but linear, as the complex field of P/e movements in this context reveals. Categories of foreignness and sovereignty, as well as economic value, intervene in the intersection of government and religious institutions in Angola.

Keywords:   Angola, P/e movements, governance, partisan policy, state-sponsored religious policies, nationalization, government institutions, religious institutions, interpersonal logics

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