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Pentecostalism and Development in sub-Saharan Africa

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This chapter looks at the literature on religion and development in Africa. It discusses the difficult relationship between studies of development and religion, alongside the increasing interest in the subject of religion among development scholars and agencies, and the turn towards supporting Christian organisations under the presidency of George W. Bush. The chapter examines the case of Vision Terudo and looks at the tensions that developed around the Pentecostalisation of the organisation. It relates religious identities to other identities based on class, social status or educational background. If one takes an open-ended view of the relationship between Pentecostalism and development it is possible to see religion as part of a wider landscape. The way Pentecostalism plays itself out, both in the offices of Vision Terudo and in the village, also depends on other hierarchies and histories.

Keywords: pentecostalism; sub-Saharan Africa; Vision terudo



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