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Going to Pentecost: An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

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Going to Pentecost

An Experimental Approach to Studies in Pentecostalism

Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy

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238 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-139-0 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2019)

ISBN  978-1-80073-734-1 $19.95/£15.95 / Pb / Published (December 2022)


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“… a valuable addition to the literature on Pentecostalism. It is an experiment in comparative anthropology which employs an intriguing and innovative method and theory… This book is likely to stimulate salutary re-thinking about what passes as ‘established’ assumptions about the nature, history, and theory of Pentecostal research in the social sciences.” • Contemporary Religion

“… a rich comparative study of sites in Africa and Melanesia in the thrall and thick of ‘Pentecost.’… [It] succeeds as a comparative and collective ethnography of three sites of modern ‘Pentecost,’ encouraging readers to see ‘Pentecostalism’ as not merely a new religious movement but rather a multiplicity of new religious movements, for they are many, emerging from and embedded within distinct historical and cultural contexts…It will also provide sociologists of religion who study new religious movements ethnographically with much food for thought and many opportunities for scholarly introspection.” • Sociology of Religion

Going to Pentecost raises important questions that intersect with theoretical issues in religion, globalization, and research about everyday life, that extend beyond the anthropology of Christianity and therefore, important for the broader more multidisciplinary study of Pentecostalism.” • Anthropos

“This volume should be commended for its methodological device that allows for further investigation in the study of transnational religions. Theories develop directly from comparative field research… this book’s creative agenda should be both explored and further developed, and I would recommend it primarily to scholars in the fields of anthropology, Pentecostal studies, missiology, and world Christianity.” • Pneuma. The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies

“Well-written, accessible, and groundbreaking… this book offers to rejuvenate the anthropology of Pentecostalism.” • Jon Bialecki, University of Edinburgh

“Ethnographically well-grounded, conceptually innovative, and experimental in its comparative approach. Although there have been many collaborative publications on global Pentecostalism, few are so well integrated and are able to develop arguments through a truly comparative ethnography.” • Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen


Co-authored by three anthropologists with long–term expertise studying Pentecostalism in Vanuatu, Angola, and Papua New Guinea/the Trobriand Islands respectively, Going to Pentecost offers a comparative study of Pentecostalism in Africa and Melanesia, focusing on key issues as economy, urban sociality, and healing. More than an ordinary comparative book, it recognizes the changing nature of religion in the contemporary world – in particular the emergence of “non-territorial” religion (which is no longer specific to places or cultures) – and represents an experimental approach to the study of global religious movements in general and Pentecostalism in particular.

Annelin Eriksen is Professor in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen. She is the author of Gender, Christianity and Change in Vanuatu (Routledge, 2008), and her research mainly focuses on gender, social and cultural change, future, cosmology, and Christianity.

Ruy Llera Blanes is an Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. He is the author of A Prophetic Trajectory (2014, Berghahn), and is editor of the journal Religion and Society: Advances in Research.

Michelle MacCarthy is an Associate Professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada). She is the author of Making the Modern Primitive: Cultural Tourism in the Trobriand Islands (University of Hawaii Press, 2016).

Subject: Anthropology (General)Anthropology of Religion
Area: AfricaAsia-Pacific

Going to Pentecost by Annelin Eriksen, Ruy Llera Blanes, and Michelle MacCarthy is available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from the University of Bergen.

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