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Jamaica Genesis Religion and the Politics of Moral Orders

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ISBN-10: 0226032868

ISBN-13: 9780226032863

Edition: 1997

Authors: Diane J. Austin-Broos, Raymond T. Smith

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How has Pentecostalism, a decidedly American form of Christian revivalism, managed to achieve such phenomenal religious ascendancy in a former British colony among people of predominately African descent? According to Diane J. Austin-Broos, Pentecostalism has flourished because it successfully mediates between two historically central yet often oppositional themes in Jamaican religious life--the characteristically African striving for personal freedom and happiness, and the Protestant struggle for atonement and salvation through rigorous ethical piety. With its emphasis on the individual experience of grace and on the ritual efficacy of spiritual healing, and with its vibrantly expressive…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/2/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Diane Austin-Broosis professor of anthropology at the University of Sydney and the author ofJamaica Genesis: Religion and the Politics of Moral Order, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Raymond T. Smith is chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He is author of British Guiana and coauthor of Class Differences in American Kinship.

List of Illustrations
Cast into a Tumultuous World
A Certain Moral Inheritance
Revival and the Healing of Sin
Hierarchy and Revival Culture: Precursors to Pentecostalism
Preachers and Pentecostalism
A Modern Pentecostalism: Ritual Resolutions and Gender Divides
Pentecostal Experience and Embodied Rite
Exhorting the Saints
Hierarchy, Healing, and the Birth of Brides
Table 1. Population by Religious Affiliation, by Sex, All Jamaica
App: Table 2. Adherents for Selected Faiths
The Pauline Injunctions to Feminine Submission