Learning to pray the Pentecostal way: Language and personhood on the Zambian Copperbelt

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Abstract

This article examines the role of prayer in the production of the Pentecostal person on the Zambian Copperbelt. While Pentecostal prayer is partly focused on private concerns, and therefore reinforces a classic Protestant notion of bounded, individualised personhood, success in this practice depends on a believer’s ability to incorporate the language of the Pentecostal community. Prayer is also therefore dependent on a model of personhood in which permeability has an important part to play. One of the implications of this latter element of Pentecostal prayer is that it turns individual believers into iconic representations of their communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalReligion
Volume47
Issue number1
Early online date21 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Pentecostalism
  • prayer
  • personhood
  • individualism
  • permeability

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