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Going to Pentecost: An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

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Going to Pentecost

An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy

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238 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-139-0 25% OFF! $120.00/£85.00 $90.00/£63.75 Hb Published (February 2019)

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“Well-written, accessible, and groundbreaking… this book offers to rejuvenate the anthropology of Pentecostalism.” • Jon Bialecki, University of Edinburgh

“Ethnographically well-grounded, conceptually innovative, and experimental in its comparative approach. Although there have been many collaborative publications on global Pentecostalism, few are so well integrated and are able to develop arguments through a truly comparative ethnography.” • Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen


Co-authored by three anthropologists with long–term expertise studying Pentecostalism in Vanuatu, Angola, and Papua New Guinea/the Trobriand Islands respectively, Going to Pentecost offers a comparative study of Pentecostalism in Africa and Melanesia, focusing on key issues as economy, urban sociality, and healing. More than an ordinary comparative book, it recognizes the changing nature of religion in the contemporary world – in particular the emergence of “non-territorial” religion (which is no longer specific to places or cultures) – and represents an experimental approach to the study of global religious movements in general and Pentecostalism in particular.

Annelin Eriksen is Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. She is the author of Gender, Christianity and Change in Vanuatu (Routledge, 2008), and her research mainly focuses on gender, social and cultural change, future, cosmology, and Christianity.

Ruy Llera Blanes is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. He is the author of A Prophetic Trajectory (2014, Berghahn), and is editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research.

Michelle MacCarthy is an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). She is the author of Making the Modern Primitive: Cultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands (University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Subject: General Anthropology Religion
Area: Africa Asia-Pacific

Going to Pentecost by Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the University of Bergen.

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List of Figures


Introduction: Going to ‘Pentecost’: Outline of an Experiment
Interlude: Locations in 'Pentecost'
Reading Guide


Chapter 1. Borders in ‘Pentecost’: Creating Protected Spaces
Chapter 2. Reconfiguring Life and Death: A New Moral Economy in ‘Pentecost’
Chapter 3. Anti-relativist Nostalgias and The Absolutist Road


Chapter 4. Borders and Abjections: Approaching Individualism in ‘Pentecost’
Chapter 5. Engaging with Theories of Neoliberalism and Prosperity
Chapter 6. Ruptures and Encompassments: Towards an Absolute Truth


Chapter 7. Comparison Re-placed
Matei Candea

Chapter 8. Pentecostalism and Forms of Individualism
Joel Robbins

Chapter 9. Life at The End of Time: A Note on Comparison, 'Pentecost' and the Trobriands
Bjørn Enge Bertelsen

Chapter 10. Wealth versus Money in Pentecost: Why Is Money Good?
Knut Rio

Chapter 11. ‘Pentecost’ in The World
Birgit Meyer


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