Spirit on the Move

Black Women and Pentecostalism in Africa and the Diaspora

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Editor(s): 
Judith Casselberry, Elizabeth Ann Pritchard
Religious Cultures of African and African Diaspora People
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , April
     2019.
     248 pages.
     $24.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781478000327.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Damaris Paristau forthcoming.

Description

Pentecostalism is currently the fastest-growing Christian movement, with hundreds of millions of followers. This growth overwhelmingly takes place outside of the West, and women make up 75 percent of the membership. The contributors to Spirit on the Moveexamine Pentecostalism's appeal to black women worldwide and the ways it provides them with a source of community and access to power. Exploring a range of topics, from Neo-Pentecostal churches in Ghana that help women challenge gender norms to evangelical gospel musicians in Brazil, the contributors show how Pentecostalism helps black women draw attention to and seek remediation from the violence and injustices brought on by civil war, capitalist exploitation, racism, and the failures of the state. In fleshing out the experiences, theologies, and innovations of black women Pentecostals, the contributors show how Pentecostal belief and its various practices reflect the movement's complexity, reach, and adaptability to specific cultural and political formations.

Contributors: Paula Aymer, John Burdick, Judith Casselberry, Deidre Helen Crumbley, Elizabeth McAlister, Laura Premack, Elizabeth A. Pritchard, Jane Soothill, Linda van de Kamp

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Judith Casselberry is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Bowdin College.

Elizabeth Ann Pritchard is Associate Professor of Religion at Bowdin College.

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