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Evangelical Protestantism has arguably become the fastest-growing religion in South America, if not the world. For converts, it emphasizes self-discipline and provides a network of communal support, which together have helped many overcome substance abuse, avoid crime and violence, and resolve relationship problems. But can people simply decide to believe in a religion because of the benefits it reportedly delivers? Based on extensive fieldwork among Pentecostal men in Caracas, Venezuela, this rich urban ethnography seeks an explanation for the explosion of Evangelical Protestantism, unraveling the cultural and personal dynamics of Evangelical conversion to show how and why these men make the choice to convert, and how they come to have faith in a new system of beliefs and practices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iii-v
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Note on Translations and Names
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Part I. Beginnings
  2. pp. 1-1
  1. 1. Making Sense of Cultural Agency
  2. pp. 3-15
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  1. 2. The Venezuelan Context: Confronting La Crisis
  2. pp. 16-43
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  1. Part II. Imaginative Rationality
  2. pp. 45-53
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  1. 3. Imagining Social Life I: Confronting Akrasia, Crime, and Violence
  2. pp. 55-76
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  1. 4. Imagining Social Life II: Addressing Personal and Social Issues
  2. pp. 77-99
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  1. 5. Imagining Evangelical Practice
  2. pp. 100-152
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  1. Part III. Relational Imagination
  2. pp. 153-156
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  1. 6. The Social Structure of Conversion
  2. pp. 157-183
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  1. 7. Two Lives, Five Years Later
  2. pp. 184-207
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  1. 8. Toward a Relational Pragmatic Theory of Cultural Agency
  2. pp. 208-222
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 223-224
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  1. Appendix A. Status of Evangelical Respondents after Five Years
  2. pp. 225-227
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  1. Appendix B. Methods and Methodology
  2. pp. 228-236
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  1. Appendix C. Quantitative Analysis of Networks and Conversion
  2. pp. 237-242
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  1. Glossary of Spanish Terms
  2. pp. 243-244
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  1. References
  2. pp. 245-258
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-262
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 263-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520940147
Print ISBN
9780520249424
MARC Record
OCLC
163586621
Pages
277
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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