Friday, August 11, 2017

USA Africa Dialogue Series - Pentecostal Political Power in Nigeria

I would appreciate comments on my article, "Appraising the Limits of Pentecostal Political Power in Nigeria."

Abstract: Many studies of the Pentecostal movement in Africa have identified a modernist liberal tendency as its major characteristic. Its spread is associated with positive social, economic and political impact in the affected countries. A Pentecostal revolution has been identified for Nigeria too, with claims in recent literature that it has a significant political import that packs modernizing and liberalizing tendencies.  Drawing on less mainstream research, I question one of the political aspects of such conclusions for Nigeria. I argue that the capacity of the country's Pentecostal movement to effect positive democratizing political change is not clear cut and straightforward but rather bears major contradictions and paradoxes. Pentecostalism in Nigeria does not achieve a clean break from the traditional past and some of its modernizing claims are more partial and more contradictory than has been recognized. The political impact it has does not translate effectively to tangible significant political power able to facilitate the democratic process. 

The published version is in the Journal of Religion in Africa vol. 46 (2016) 369-389.
I attach its early draft version.

/Femi Kolapo
Chief Editor 
(interim, till Dec. 31st 2017)
African Journal of Teacher Education

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