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The liveliness of Pentecostal/charismatic popular culture in Africa

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This chapter brings together some of the exciting scholarly work carried out on various genres of African Pentecostal/charismatic popular culture (PCPC). It draws together three themes from research carried out by scholars working on African PCPC in order to show how it becomes "a live popular culture", and how Christian songs, performances, and recorded or printed texts are experienced as animating and/or animated. These themes are: (a) the role of PCPC in the transformation (sacralization) of African public spaces; (b) PCPC as a device for producing Christian subjects; and (c) Pentecostal/charismatic aesthetics as symbolic technologies that give meaning to local and global worlds. All three render sounds and images "alive". From emic perspectives, African PCPC is very much "live" and "alive", and it constantly keeps up with new sounds and genres, new spirits and new terrains of the spiritual battle.

Keywords: Africa; Pentecostal/charismatic popular culture (PCPC)



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