Gender, Social Change and Spiritual Power: Charismatic Christianity in Ghana

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BRILL, 2007 - Religion - 261 pages
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Charismatic Christianity is the most recent and fastest growing expression of Pentecostal religion in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana's capital, Accra, the charismatic churches dominate the religious scene. This book focuses on the gender discourses of Ghana's new churches, and considers charismatic perspectives on womanhood, manhood, marriage and family life. Offering a fresh perspective on the organisational structures of the charismatic churches, this study looks at the leadership roles of female pastors and pastors' wives, and draws attention to the links between female leaders and spiritual power. By highlighting the importance of spiritual power in interpreting gendered social change, the book sheds new light on the socio-cultural role of Ghana's new churches.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Chapter One Religion and Gender in Africa
9
Chapter Two Charismatic Christianity
35
Chapter Three Gender Politics in Ghana
71
Chapter Four Defining Womanhood
103
Chapter Five Big Women Small Girls
137
Chapter Six Men Marriage and Modernity
181
Chapter Seven Christianity Gender and Cultural Authenticity
219
Select Bibliography
231
Index
249
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Jane E. Soothill, Ph.D. (2006), School of Oriental and African Studies, is a Research Associate at SOAS.

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