Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Volume 8: Pentecostals and the Body (2017)


The intersection of religion, ritual, emotion, globalization, migration, sexuality, gender, race, and class, is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions that includes kinesthetic worship with emotive music and sustained acts of prayer. Among Pentecostals there is considerable debate about bodies, the role of the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance, exorcism, revival, and healing of bodies and emotions. Pentecostalism is identified as a religion on the move and so bodies are transformed in the context of globalization. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions of sexuality, gender, race and class where bodies are often liberated and limited. This volume evaluates these themes associated with contemporary research on the body.

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Michael Wilkinson, PhD (University of Ottawa) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Religion in Canada Institute at Trinity Western University. He is the author or editor of seven books including most recently Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal (2014) and A Culture of Faith: Evangelical Congregations in Canada (2015).

Peter Althouse, PhD (University of Toronto) is Professor of Religion at Southeastern University. He is Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Pentecostalism, Co-Editor of Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and author or editor of five books, including Catch the Fire: Soaking Prayer and Charismatic Renewal (2014).

Contributors are Peter Althouse, Bosco Bangura, Sandra Bhatasara, Candy Gunther Brown, Rafael Cazarin, Manase Kudzai Chiweshe, Naume Zorodzai Choguya, Travis Warren Cooper, Stephen Hunt, Soraya Barreto Januário, Mark Jennings, Jessica Moberg, Ayokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale, Olufikayo Kunle Oyelade, Devaka Premawardhana, Raluca Bianca Roman, Erica M. Ramirez
Rumbidzai Susan Shamuyedova, Wolfgang Vondey, and Michael Wilkinson.

b>Acknowledgements List of Contributors Introduction: Social Theory, Religion and the BodyMichael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse

Part 1: Ritual, Emotion, and Experience

1 Pentecostalism, the Body, and EmbodimentMichael Wilkinson 2 Emotional Regimes in the Embodiment of Charismatic PrayerPeter Althouse 3 Spiritual Property Rights to Bodily Practices: Pentecostal Views of Yoga and Meditation as Inviting DemonizationCandy Gunther Brown 4 Worship Rituals, Discipline, and Pentecostal-Charismatic “Techniques du Corps” in the American MidwestTravis Warren Cooper 5 Embodied Gospel: The Materiality of Pentecostal TheologyWolfgang Vondey 6 Pentecostal Revivalism and the BodyStephen Hunt

Part 2: Globalization, Migration, and Meaning

7 Before Habitus: Embodied Indeterminacy in Black Atlantic PentecostalismDevaka Premawardhana 8 Emotions and Spiritual Knowledge: Navigating (In)Stabilities in Migrant Initiated ChurchesRafael Cazarin 9 Pentecostal Rituals, Human Wellbeing, and the Reshaping of African Migrants at Word Communication Ministries, BelgiumBosco Bangura 10 Spiritual Embodiment in Yoruba Pentecostalism in Southwestern NigeriaAyokunle Olumuyiwa Omobowale and Olufikayo Kunle Oyelade

Part 3: Gender, Race, and Class

11 A Silence Like Thunder: Pastoral and Theological Responses of Australian Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches to lgbtq IndividualsMark Jennings 12 Maintaining Sexual Purity: Ritualized, Embodied, and Spatial Strategies among Neo-Charismatics in StockholmJessica Moberg 13 Body Limited: Belief and (Trans)Formations of the Body in a Pentecostal Roma CommunityRaluca Bianca Roman 14 A Hegemonic Masculinity: Ethos and Consumption in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, BrazilSoraya Barreto Januário 15 Women and Pentecostalism in Zimbabwe: Negotiating Leadership in the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God ‘Forward in Faith’ ( zaoga fif ) Ministry, HarareSandra Bhatasara, Rumbidzai Shamuyedova, Naume Zorodzai Choguya and Manase Kudzai Chiweshe 16 Contra-Deprivation: A Bourdieusian Analysis of the Production of Glossolalia as a Competitive Form of Religious CapitalErica M. Ramirez
All interested in the sociology of religion, Pentecostal studies, and theoretical and methodological issues for research on the body, religion, culture and embodiment.
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