Race, religion and identity in South Africa: A case study of a charismatic congregation

Gladys Ganiel*

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    Abstract

    This article uses a case study of a Pentecostal/charismatic congregation to explore how inclusive, overarching identities are constructed in South Africa. It explores how the congregation's culture impacts on identity formation, contestation and change. It argues that the way people construct their identities correlates with their perceived level of empowerment. It concludes that for an overarching identity to become durable, it must be accompanied by structural changes that dismantle the power imbalances embedded in old racial categories.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)555-576
    Number of pages22
    JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
    Volume12
    Issue number3-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

    Keywords

    • Religion

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Political Science and International Relations

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