African Pentecostalism and Politics
Edited Book (Herausgeber eines eigenständigen Buches)
ID 3158265
Editor(s) Heuser, Andreas
Editor(s) at UniBasel Heuser, Andreas
Year 2015
Title African Pentecostalism and Politics
Publisher University of California Press
Place of publication Oakland
ISSN/ISBN 1092-6690
Series title Nova religio
Volume Vol. 18, No. 3 (2015)
Keywords Pentecostal Movement in Africa and Politics, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast; Kenya
Abstract In Pentecostal political theology in Africa, there has been a movement from Pentecostal disjunction from state and society towards conjunction on governance levels. This eventually led to disillusionment with Pentecostal policymaking, both within African Pentecostal milieus and public discourses. The entrance of Pentecostal actors onto the political stage in African countries dates back to the transformative years from 1989 to 1993, in which democratic movements all over the continent were challenging autocratic presidential regimes. This era has been termed in political science the "second democratization" after the immediate postcolonial era of nation building in the 1960s. Almost invisible before, Pentecostal political impact was growing enormously and transformed into varied efforts to 'pentecostalize' governance since the turn of the millennium. In view of selected West African political cultures and Kenya discussed in this special issue of Nova Religio, a dialectics in Pentecostal visions of politics becomes obvious: The diversity of political strategies testifies to African Pentecostal potency in public discourses, but once entangled in actual policymaking, Pentecostal praxis discredits self-images of superiority in politics.
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1525/nr.2015.18.3.7

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