Sommer - Chapter 06 | eBooks | Non-Fiction

Sommer - Chapter 06

Sommer - Chapter 06 SommersFear_06 Instant Download Price
In Stock
$ 9.00 USD
bbks@berghahnbooksonline.com
Buy and Download Description

Perhaps no aspect of African refugee society and culture is as overlooked by researchers and most humanitarian relief agencies as the refugees' religious lives. This may also apply to religious studies: Pirouet, for example, observed that she was "not aware that theology [had] ever addressed itself to [the refugee] phenomenon" (1996:82). For young Burundi refugees searching for opportunities outside the isolated settlements they grew up in, their Pentecostal faith, and the networks that emerged from Pentecostal congregations, played a critical role in facilitating their escape to Dar es Salaam.

The rise of Pentecostalism among Burundi refugees is actually part of a much larger demographic phenomenon: the expansion of Pentecostalism across Africa. "In Africa," Harvey Cox observed, "Pentecostal congregations ... are quickly becoming the main expression of Christianity" (1995: 15). But its arrival as "the salient sector of African Christianity today" (Gifford 1998: 33) is due in large part because Pentecostals have targeted and accommodated youth needs. One can immediately see the appeal for urban migrant and refugee youth, because Pentecostal churches, as Cox has noted, "give people a sense of dignity, a place in a community of friends which often stands as a surrogate for an extended family fractured by mobility and change" (1995: 259). Gifford, moreover, has found that the churches "re-order society for the benefit of youth," creating a bond with "many who previously would have been regarded as different" (1998: 347).

Perhaps no aspect of African refugee society and culture is as overlooked by researchers and most humanitarian relief agencies as the refugees' religious lives. This may also apply to religious studies: Pirouet, for example, observed that she was
Recent Reviews Be the first to Review this product!
0 0 0 0 reviews