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Healing the Nation

In Search of Unity through the Holy Spirit in Vanuatu

Annelin Eriksen

The rapid growth of new Pentecostal churches in the South West Pacific nation Vanuatu is the focus of this article. It is argued that we need to look at the social dimensions of new religious movements—the way that the social in itself becomes the key to a transformed life—in order to gain an understanding of these movements' significance and proliferation in this area. This does not imply that the religious in its ontological sense is not important, but that this might be inseparable from the social—the rules and regulations, the activities and meetings. In order to highlight this dimension of the new churches, the literature on the cargo movements from Melanesia is used as a comparative background.

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Pentecostalism and Egalitarianism in Melanesia

A Reconsideration of the Pentecostal Gender Paradox

Annelin Eriksen

In this article I discuss ‘the Pentecostal gender paradox’, famously coined by Bernice Martin. I do so by comparing Melanesian and Pentecostal forms of egalitarianism. My argument centers on the contention that in order for this paradox to emerge, specific concepts of equality and gender have to be kept fixed across contexts where they may not necessarily be stable. Pentecostalism has a specific effect on the role of women in the church, such as giving them access to the spirit, while also impacting on the notion of equality and ideas about the nature of gender. I conclude that in Pentecostalism gender is seen as an individual quality and that gender relations are viewed as power relations.

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Religiosities toward a Future

In Pursuit of the New Millennium

Bruce Kapferer, Annelin Eriksen and Kari Telle

An approach is outlined toward imaginary projections upon presents and futures at the turn of the current millennium. The religiosity or the passionate intensity of commitment to imaginary projections is stressed, particularly the way that these may give rise to innovative social and political directions especially in current globalizing circumstances. While new religions of a millenarian character are referred to, the general concern is with the form of new conceptions of political and social processes that are by no means confined to what are usually defined as religions.

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Jack Hunter, Annelin Eriksen, Jon Mitchell, Mattijs van de Port, Magnus Course, Nicolás Panotto, Ruth Barcan, David M. R. Orr, Girish Daswani, Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Sofía Ugarte, Ryan J. Cook, Bettina E. Schmidt and Mylene Mizrahi

Bader, Christopher D., F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph O. Baker, Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture, 272 pp., appendix, notes, references, index. New York: New York University Press, 2017. Paperback, $25.00. ISBN 9780814791356.

Bialecki, Jon, A Diagram for Fire: Miracles and Variation in an American Charismatic Movement, 288 pp., prologue, notes, works cited, index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017. Paperback, $34.95. ISBN 9780520294219.

Blanes, Ruy Llera, and Galina Ous tinova- Stjepanovic , eds., Being Godless: Ethnographies of Atheism and Non-Religion, 154 pp., afterword, notes, references, index. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. Paperback, $27.95. ISBN 9781785335730.

Canals, Roger, A Goddess in Motion: Visual Creativity in the Cult of María Lionza, 212 pp., notes, glossary, references, index. New York: Berghahn Books, 2017. Hardback, $120.00. ISBN 9781785336126.

Desjarlais , Robert, Subject to Death: Life and Loss in a Buddhist World, 304 pp., halftones, postscript, notes, references, index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. Paperback, $30.00. ISBN 9780226355870.

Espinosa, Gastón, Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action, 520 pages, halftones, notes, index. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016. Paperback, $22.95. ISBN 9780674970915.

Folk, Holly, The Religion of Chiropractic: Populist Healing from the American Heartland, 366 pp., halftones, notes, bibliography, index. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017. Paperback, $34.95. ISBN 9781469632797.

Hannig, Anita, Beyond Surgery: Injury, Healing, and Religion at an Ethiopian Hospital, 256 pp., halftones, notes, references, index. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. Paperback, $27.50. ISBN 9780226457291.

Haynes, Naomi, Moving by the Spirit: Pentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt, 224 pp., illustrations, notes, references, index. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2017. Paperback, $34.95. ISBN 9780520294257.

Ingman, Peik, Terhi Utriainen, Tuija Hovi, and Måns Broo , eds., The Relational Dynamics of Enchantment and Sacralization: Changing the Terms of the Religion Versus Secularity Debate, 292 pp., illustrations, notes, index. Sheffield: Equinox, 2016. Paperback, $29.95. ISBN 9781781794753.

Jokic, Zeljko, The Living Ancestors: Shamanism, Cosmos and Cultural Change among the Yanomami of the Upper Orinoco, 296 pp., illustrations, bibliography, index. New York: Berghahn Books, 2015. Hardback, $130.00. ISBN 9781782388173.

Louis, Bertin M., Jr., My Soul Is in Haiti: Protestantism in the Haitian Diaspora of the Bahamas, 200 pp., notes, references, index. New York: New York University Press, 2015. Hardback, $75.00. ISBN 9781479809936.

Robertson, David G., UFOs, Conspiracy Theories and the New Age: Millennial Conspiracism, 264 pp., illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. London: Bloomsbury, 2017. Paperback, $35.96. ISBN 9781350044982.

Rocha, Cristina, John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing, 288 pp., halftones, notes, references, index. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017. Paperback, $31.95. ISBN 9780190466718.

Woodbine, Onaje X. O., Black Gods of the Asphalt: Religion, Hip-Hop, and Street Basketball, 224 pp., illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. Paperback, $22.00. ISBN 9780231177290.