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Title:Christianity and public culture in Africa
Editor:Englund, HarriISNI
Series:Cambridge Centre of African Studies series
City of publisher:Athens, OH
Publisher:Ohio University Press
ISBN:0821419455; 9780821419458
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:Church and State
Abstract:Collection of essays, first presented at a conference at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Centre of African Studies, Cambridge University, examining how critical reason and Christian convictions have combined as African Christians confront contemporary issues. The Introduction: Rethinking African Christianities: beyond the religion-politics conundrum is by H. Englund. Part 1, Missionary and Nationalist Encounters, examines Christian mission stations in south-central Africa: eddies in the flow of global culture (on two missions in Mwinilunga district, Zambia) (J.A. Pritchett); Debating the secular in Zambia: the response of the Catholic church to scientific socialism and Christian nation, 1976-2006 (on Born-Again Christianity and politics) (M. Hinfelaar); and Rejection or reappropriation? Christian allegory and the critique of postcolonial public culture in the early novels of Ng~ug~i wa Thiong'o (N. Kamau-Goro). Part 2, Patriarchy and Public Culture, investigates The implications of reproductive politics for religious competition in Niger (Christian v. Muslim) (B.M. Cooper); Public debates about Luo widow inheritance: Christianity, tradition, and AIDS in western Kenya (on the levirate) (R. Prince); and 'Arise, oh ye daughters of faith': women, Pentecostalism, and public culture in Kenya (D. Parsitau). Part 3, A Plurality of Pentecostal Publics, examines the growth of this church in Africa. The contributions are: Going and making public: Pentecostalism as public religion in Ghana (B. Meyer); From spiritual warfare to spiritual kinship: Islamophobia and evangelical radio in Malawi (H. Englund); Believing practically and trusting socially in Africa: the contrary case of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Durban, South Africa (I. van Wyk); and the Gospel of public image in Ghana (M.P.K. Okyerefo). [ASC Leiden abstract]