Between Babel and Pentecost: Transnational Pentecostalism in Africa and Latin America

Marshall-Fratani, R.

Published by C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd, 2001
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Synopsis: Over the past two decades, Latin American and African countries have experienced a phenomenal growth of Pentecostal movements. This form of Christianity, only marginally present in these areas in the middle of the 20th century, is now embraced by more than a hundred million faithful across two continents and continues to grow at an astonishing rate. Despite the enormous differences which separte these lands and the individual societieis within them, one is struck by the similarity of Pentecostal manifestaitons in these diverse cultures. Contemporary Pentecostalism provides a striking example of the paradox of difference and uniformity, of flow and closure, that seems to be at the heart of processes of transnationalism and globalisation. The rapid growth of Pentecostal movements in the urban centres of the developing world has captured the attention of many scholars in the fields of Latin American and African studies. However, much of the literature focuses on individual areas and countries, and there has been relatively little comparative or cross-cultural study of these movements. This book considers the important transnational character of such movements and their tendency to foster identities that transcend national and cultural contexts. researchers from various disciplines describe Pentecostal movements in Latin America and Africa from different perspectives.

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Andre Corten is a Professor in the Departement de Sciences Politiques, Universite du Quebec à Montréal.

Ruth Marshall-Fratani is a Research Fellow in the Africa Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publication Date: 2001
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