Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt

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Drawing on two years of ethnographic research, Naomi Haynes explores Pentecostal Christianity in the kind of community where it often flourishes: a densely populated neighborhood in the heart of an extraction economy. On the Zambian Copperbelt, Pentecostal adherence embeds believers in relationships that help them to “move” and progress in life. These efforts give Copperbelt Pentecostalism its particular local character, shaping ritual practice, gender dynamics, and church economics. Focusing on the promises and problems that Pentecostalism presents, Moving by the Spirit highlights this religion’s role in making life possible in structurally adjusted Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOakland
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages224
ISBN (Electronic)9780520967434
ISBN (Print)9780520294257, 9780520294240
Publication statusPublished - 28 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameThe Anthropology of Christianity
PublisherUniversity of California Press


  • Pentecostal Christianity
  • Zambian Copperbelt
  • Pentecostalism
  • ritual practice
  • gender dynamics
  • church economics


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