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Pentecostalism and the Peasantry: Domestic and Spiritual Economies in Rural Nicaragua

Cooper, D; (2019) Pentecostalism and the Peasantry: Domestic and Spiritual Economies in Rural Nicaragua. Ethnos , 84 (5) pp. 867-890. 10.1080/00141844.2018.1510845. Green open access

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Abstract

With Pentecostalism frequently analysed as gaining traction in contexts of globalised individualisation and neoliberally-induced insecurity, scholars have paid less attention to the social purchase of the religion among the peasantry. This article draws on fieldwork in rural Nicaragua to argue that the distinctive relational form of campesinos – namely the rural household – should be central to the analysis of Pentecostal appeal. I argue that the Pentecostal demand to eliminate vicio (vice) – bound up with a dualistic conception of a world driven by either divine or malevolent power – speaks closely to an everyday project of domesticity which deals with the erratic forces associated with male and female bodies, and which revolves around problems of incorporation. Identifying male unreliability as vicio allows Pentecostal ritual, and the spiritual power afforded by faith, to address a domestic imperative focused upon containing inherently excessive vital force.

Type: Article
Title: Pentecostalism and the Peasantry: Domestic and Spiritual Economies in Rural Nicaragua
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/00141844.2018.1510845
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2018.1510845
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Nicaragua, Pentecostalism, peasants, household, ethics
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10053974
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