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Transformation and Migration Among Members of a Pentecostal Church in Ghana and London

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While an ideology of rupture is central to understanding Pentecostal Christianity in Ghana, not enough attention has been given to the moral relationships and ritual practices that help sustain a Pentecostal transformation and its situational application in different contexts. By comparing the experiences of members of the Church of Pentecost (CoP) in Ghana and London, I show how Pentecostal transformation provides church members with an ethical framework, that helps them cope with unhealthy relationships, witchcraft attacks, and migration, albeit differently. I argue that while promoting discontinuity, individuality, and positive change, Pentecostal transformation also raises concerns regarding continuity, communality, and negativity.

Affiliations: 1: University of Toronto Scarborough, Department of Social Sciences 1265 Military Trail, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4, Email:


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