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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 Tradition

Politics of Tradition

Charismatic Globalization, Morality, and Culture in Polynesian Protestantism

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The Anthropology of Global Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism

Yannick Fer

NYU Press

This chapter shows how the histories of Polynesian island nations are very much bound up with Christianity. The growth of charismatic movements in Polynesia, against a backdrop of rapid social change and transnational circulations between the island states and strong diasporic communities in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, has resulted in a type of “nonconformist liberation.” Polynesian youth are drawn to the more individuated understanding of moral consciousness, as well as the new possibilities for bodily movements and cultural expression such as dance. Thus, local culture, the chapter suggests, might in fact have a positive moral valency for contemporary Christians.

Keywords:   Polynesian island nations, Pacific Christian culture, charismatic movements, Polynesia, nonconformist liberation, Polynesian youth, bodily movements, cultural expression, local culture, Christianity

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