Pentecostalism and the morality of money: prosperity, inequality, and religious sociality on the Zambian Copperbelt

@article{Haynes2012PentecostalismAT,
  title={Pentecostalism and the morality of money: prosperity, inequality, and religious sociality on the Zambian Copperbelt},
  author={Naomi Haynes},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute},
  year={2012},
  volume={18},
  pages={123-139}
}
  • N. Haynes
  • Published 1 March 2012
  • Sociology, History
  • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
As part of a growing body of work focused on the social implications of Pentecostal Christianity, this article explores one of the ways that this religion is shaping relational life on the Zambian Copperbelt. Through a discussion of the changing nature of the prosperity gospel, I show how Pentecostalism embeds believers in social relationships that often extend beyond their religious cohort. In the absence of the lavish wealth promised by prosperity gospel preachers, Pentecostals have had to… 

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