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Title: Blackberry Girls and Jesus’s Brides Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity and the (Im-)Moralization of Urban Femininities in Contemporary Kinshasa
Authors: Pype, Katrien # ×
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Brill
Series Title: Journal of Religion in Africa vol:46 issue:3-4 pages:390-416
Abstract: Especially since the mid-2000s when cellular communication became more widespread
in Kinshasa, Pentecostal leaders and followers increasingly reflect about the
proper usage of the handset and insert it into reflections about ‘approved’ (ya malamu)
and ‘disapproved’ (ya mabe) types of femininity. Via an examination of the
critical role of electronic communication technologies in the construction of ‘Christian
femininities’, I bring novel insights on the already much-debated question about
Pentecostalism’s contribution to women’s lifeworlds. Amid applause for the liberating
workings of Pentecostal-Charismatic rituals and associations, the ways that Pentecostalism
installs new boundaries, promotes new preferences and lifestyles, and
sanctions those who cannot comply with the new directives are ignored. This article
highlights the ambiguity of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity by comparing the
discourse about two types of femininity that dominate in the churches: ‘bad girls’, of
which Blackberry Girls are a subtype, and ‘brides of Jesus’.
ISSN: 0022-4200
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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