Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century

Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century

Afterword by Peter L. Berger, edited by Robert W. Hefner
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 10/02/2013
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-01081-0
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This state-of-the-field overview of Pentecostalism around the world focuses on cultural developments among second- and third-generation adherents in regions with large Pentecostal communities, considering the impact of these developments on political participation, citizenship, gender relations, and economic morality. Leading scholars from anthropology, sociology, religious studies, and history present useful introductions to global issues and country-specific studies drawn from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the former USSR.

Author Bio

Robert W. Hefner is Director of the Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs at Boston University and author or editor of 17 books on religion and politics, including Shari’a Politics: Islamic Law and Society in the Modern World (IUP, 2011) and Muslims and Modernity: Society and Culture since 1800.


“A valuable addition to the growing scholarship on Pentecostalism . . . [with] fresh ethnographic data on Pentecostalism in various settings”
 — Elizabeth Brusco, Pacific Lutheran University

“Global Pentecostalism in the 21st Century is a valuable addition to the literature on a topic that was neglected by anthropologists for too long . . . it takes the pulse of an important field of research and begins to direct our gaze toward the futures of Pentecostalisms and to whatever new religious developments may come. ”
 — Anthropology Review Database

“This edited volume offers the reader excellent coverage on a range of issues about the social, cultural, and political aspects of Pentecostalism. With contributions from sociologists, anthropologists, and religion scholars, the editor has brought together some of the top experts in the field with cases from most regions of the world including Brazil, Zimbabwe, China, Russia, Ukraine, India, and the Philippines.”
 — Religious Studies Review

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Unexpected Modern--Gender, Piety, and Politics in the Global Pentecostal Surge \ Robert W. Hefner
1. Pentecostalism: An Alternative Form of Modernity and Modernization? \ David Martin
2. The Future of Pentecostalism in Brazil: The Limits to Growth \ Paul Freston
3. Social Mobility and Politics in African Pentecostal Modernity \ David Maxwell
4. Tensions and Trends in Pentecostal Gender and Family Relations \ Bernice Martin
5. Gender, Modernity, and Pentecostal Christianity in China \ Nanlai Cao
6. The Routinization of Soviet Pentecostalism and the Liberation of Charisma in Russia and Ukraine \ Christopher Marsh and Artyom Tonoyan
7. Pentecost amid Pujas: Charismatic Christianity and Dalit Women in Twenty-First-Century India \ Rebecca Samuel Shah and Timothy Samuel Shah
8. Politics, Education, and Civic Participation: Catholic Charismatic Modernities in the Philippines \ Katharine L. Wiegele
Afterword \ Peter L. Berger