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On The Inscrutability Of The Ways Of God: The Transnationalization Of Pentecostalism On The West African Coast

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Studies on the development of Pentecostalism in West Africa have multiplied in the last fifteen years, tracking the impressive growth of Pentecostal churches, missions, and ministries that has occurred in the last two decades in many West African countries. In parallel to studies of the churches and ministries themselves, studies of the transnational historical dynamics of Pentecostalism in West Africa have burgeoned in the last decade. Drawing on fieldwork in Benin, Nigeria and Togo, this chapter highlights the diversity of movements and logics implied by these phenomena, as well as the differences among several styles of transnationalization and multiple forms or types of transnational bonds. It shows how being part of transnational Pentecostal movements is today a form both of symbolic capital and of socially recognized achievement for Pentecostal pastors.

Keywords: Benin; Nigeria; Pentecostal pastors; Pentecostalism in West Africa



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