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Title:'We are saving the township': Pentecostalism, faith-based organisations, and development in South Africa
Author:Burchardt, MarianISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies (ISSN 0022-278X)
Geographic term:South Africa
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43302041
Abstract:In this article, the author traces the emergence of Pentecostal faith-based organizations (FBOs) in the South African city of Cape Town. By focusing on their involvements in HIV/AIDS programmes, including practices such as health education, counselling and material support, the author analyses the organizational dynamics and consequences ensuing from their activities. Pentecostal involvements in development work engender complex connections between two distinct processes: on the one hand, they offer Pentecostal communities new social spaces for promoting their faith and moral agendas; on the other hand, development work urges Pentecostal communities to recast their activities in the logic of formal organization and accountability (proposals-grants-projects). On the ground, these logics are constantly subverted as beneficiaries construe FBOs as patrons and deploy Pentecostal identities for mediating access to FBOs and the resources they command. The author argues that Pentecostal faith works to mediate the entire set of social relationships, expectations, imageries and practices that structure FBO work on the ground. More than belief and ritual, it is Pentecostal belonging that links organizations, people, opportunities and resources. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]