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Gospel Without Borders: Gender Dynamics Of Transnational Religious Movements In Kenya And The Kenyan Diaspora

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The chapter begins with a historical mapping of the Kenyan Diaspora, its churches and activities locally and abroad, and the transnational networks that have been established since the 1980s. It explores the interaction of religion, gender, and transnationalism in Kenya and the Kenyan Diaspora. The chapter demonstrates that Kenyan neo-Pentecostal/charismatic Christianity is becoming a transnational phenomenon and is securing itself a place in the global religious market place. It maps the Kenyan neo-Pentecostal/charismatic religious landscape both locally and in the diaspora, especially in the UK and US, and shows how the process of globalization has occasioned the presence of Kenyan Christian communities there. The chapter concludes that women are becoming more visible in neo-Pentecostal Christianity in Africa and the diaspora, a trend that is facilitated by globalization - not only feminizing the religious leadership but the migration process as well through the increasing numbers of female migrants.

Keywords: charismatic Christianity; female migrants; Kenya; Kenyan Diaspora; neo-Pentecostal Christianity; transnationalism



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