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Joining A Church And Negotiating Cultural Dislocation

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This chapter addresses the questions - why do women join the His People and Grace Bible churches and what do the churches offer them? Cultural identity was deeply bound up in the process of joining the churches making Bourdieu's notions of capital, habitus and dispositions useful ideas 'to think with'. To locate the study within the context of the women the author met, the chapter begins with two cameos that highlight their experiences. It then moves to a more detailed discussion of the background or habitus from which the women who joined these two churches came and the importance of culture in their religious experience. By focusing on the social usages of religion it is possible to contribute to a more textured understanding of cultural developments, as religious movements are an integral part of the larger society.

Keywords: cultural identity; Grace Bible church; His People; religious movements; women



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