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Title:Religion, reciprocity and restructuring family responsibility in the Ghanaian Pentecostal diaspora
Author:Dijk, Rijk vanISNI
Book title:The transnational family: New European frontiers and global networks
Year:2002
Pages:173-196
Language:English
Geographic terms:Netherlands
Ghana
Subjects:Baptist Church
immigrants
Ghanaians
family
Abstract:This chapter demonstrates how Ghanaian migrants in the Netherlands look to the Pentecostal Church for the deconstruction of Ghanaian traditions in favour of international mobility. The Pentecostal Church strongly identifies and propagates notions of individualism and the nuclear family. In this way traditional matrilineal social organization is displaced by more Western-style conjugality mediated by Pentecostalist beliefs. The author argues that the appeal of Pentecostalism is based on the opportunities it provides for bringing kinship obligations under the supervision of its individual members. Pentecostalism reformulates the hierarchical and obligatory gift-giving system upon which kinship relations are based. It subjects reciprocity to moral supervision while making it thoroughly multilocal. his is of particular significance in the diaspora where many migrants see themselves faced with the obligation to send money to relatives living n Ghana and elsewhere. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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