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Title:Driving the devil out: Kenya's born-again election
Author:Deacon, Gregory
Year:2015
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:45
Issue:2
Pages:200-220
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Christianity
Pentecostalism
political violence
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12340042
Abstract:Neo-Pentecostal or born-again language and understandings are highly prominent in Kenya. They were especially visible during the general election of 2013 in which the victorious Jubilee coalition campaigned using a narrative according to which the nation was being washed clean of past sins, redeemed, and born again. This was attractive to and reflected the desires of Kenyans seeking to move beyond the horrors of the postelection violence that occurred in 2007-2008. This provides an invaluable lens for conceptualising current Kenyan understandings of African Christianity and how these relate to politics and contemporary socioeconomic conditions. More specifically, this paper argues that in 2013 a popular desire for health and wealth, and deference to authority came together with personal but abstract repentance and forgiveness narratives. This contributed to a peaceful election but restricted the means through which criticism might be voiced and helps to maintain structural inequality and impunity. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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