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Title:Bourdieu in Africa: exploring the dynamics of religious fields
Editors:Echtler, MagnusISNI
Ukah, AsonzehISNI
Series:Studies on religion in Africa (ISSN 0169-9814)
City of publisher:Leiden
ISBN:9789004303065; 9789004307568
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
South Africa
Subjects:interreligious relations
African religions
Church and State
Church history
About person:Pierre Félix Bourdieu (1930-2002)ISNI
Abstract:This book offers a view of religions as social games, seeing religious practices as strategic moves. Contributors study relations of exchange and competition between experts and laity, and explore how religious beliefs are related to power, within the religious sphere and beyond. It includes case studies from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya and South Africa, countries where African traditions, Christianity and Islam come together. Furthermore, it considers the interrelations of religion with other social fields, such as politics, economy, education and law. Contents: Introduction: Exploring the dynamics of religious fields in Africa (Magnus Echtler and Asonzeh Ukah); Pierre Bourdieu and the role of the Spirit in some Zulu/Swathi AICs (Jonathan A. Draper); Re-imagining the religious field: the rhetoric of Nigerian Pentecostal pastors in South Africa (Asonzeh Ukah); The Faraqqasaa pilgrimage center from Bourdieu's perspectives of field, habitus and capital (Gemechu Jemal Geda); Fielding for the faithful: a tale of two religious centers in a small muslim town in Kenya (Halkano Abdi Wario); The bishop and the politician: intra- and inter-field dynamics in 19th century Natal, South Africa (Ulrich Berner); Healers or heretics: diviners and pagans contest the law in a post-1994 religious field in South Africa (Dale Wallace); The false Messiah - Evangelicalism, youth and politics in Eritrea (Magnus Treiber); Seclusion versus education: Bourdieu's perspective on women continuing education centers in Northern Nigeria (Chikas Danfulani); Shembe is the way: the Nazareth Baptist Church in the religious field and in academic discourse (Magnus Echtler). [ASC Leiden abstract]