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Political Spiritualities : The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria - Ruth Marshall

Political Spiritualities

The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria

Paperback Published: 1st May 2009
ISBN: 9780226507132
Number Of Pages: 368

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After an explosion of conversions to Pentecostalism over the past three decades, tens of millions of Nigerians now claim that "Jesus is the answer." But if Jesus is the answer, what is the question? What led to the movement's dramatic rise and how can we make sense of its social and political significance? In this ambitiously interdisciplinary study, Ruth Marshall draws on years of fieldwork and grapples with a host of important thinkers--including Foucault, Agamben, Arendt, and Benjamin--to answer these questions. To account for the movement's success, Marshall explores how Pentecostalism presents the experience of being born again as a chance for Nigerians to realize the promises of political and religious salvation made during the colonial and postcolonial eras. Her astute analysis of this religious trend sheds light on Nigeria's contemporary politics, postcolonial statecraft, and the everyday struggles of ordinary citizens coping with poverty, corruption, and inequality. Pentecostalism's rise is truly global, and" Political Spiritualities" persuasively argues that Nigeria is a key case in this phenomenon while calling for new ways of thinking about the place of religion in contemporary politics.

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"This is one of the most original works in the social sciences that I've read in several years. Through her energetic prose, exceptional fieldwork, and mastery of the scientific literature, Marshall offers a new perspective on religious actions and social and political transformations in sub-Saharan Africa, while also making a major contribution to the historical and comparative sociology of religion." - Jean-Francois Bayart, author of The Illusion of Cultural Identity"

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Rethinking the Religious and the Political in Africap. 17
Rupture, Redemption, and the History of the Presentp. 51
Revival and the Postcolonial Crisis of Governmentp. 92
God's Subjectsp. 128
Born-Again Ethics and the Spirits of the Political Economyp. 166
The Politics of Convictionp. 201
Conclusionp. 239
Appendixp. 245
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780226507132
ISBN-10: 0226507130
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st May 2009
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48

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