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The Committee and the Uncommitted : Material Assistance to Members in Need at a Pentecostal Church in Western Kenya

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Gez, Yonatan N. ; Kroeker, Lena:
The Committee and the Uncommitted : Material Assistance to Members in Need at a Pentecostal Church in Western Kenya.
In: Africa Today. Vol. 69 (21 September 2022) Issue 1/2 . - pp. 214-237.
ISSN 1527-1978
DOI: https://doi.org/10.2979/africatoday.69.1_2.10

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Middle Classes on the RiseNo information

Project financing: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

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In Kenya today, Christian churches serve as a central pillar of socioeconomic support to people in their hour of need. Drawing on ethnographic research at a small Pentecostal church in Kisumu, western Kenya, we present four modes of such material support. This classification lets us examine the provision of church assistance as a subtle balancing act, in which leaders and so-called supermembers seek to bind lay members into greater commitment by projecting institutional dependability while carefully avoiding excessive demands. Rejecting the caricature of the self-enriching charismatic leader and focusing on the intertwinement of religious commitment and class, we offer a fresh examination of churches' mechanisms of welfare assistance beyond a simple vertical/horizontal (or institutional/congregational) binarism.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Kenya; Pentecostalism; Welfare; Social Networks; Church; Christianity
Institutions of the University: Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies - BAAAS
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Research Institutions > Research Units > Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 200 Religion > 230 Christianity and Christian theology
200 Religion > 260 Christian organization, social work and worship
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems, social services
300 Social sciences > 390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2022 11:50
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 09:50
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/71953