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Title Conversion after socialism : disruptions, modernisms and technologies of faith in the former Soviet Union / edited by Mathijs Pelkmans
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2009


Description 1 online resource (208 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: post-Soviet space and the unexpected turns of religious life / Mathijs Pelkmans -- Conversion to religion? : negotiating continuity and discontinuity in contemporary Altai / Ludek Broz -- Redefining Chukchi practices in contexts of conversion to Pentecostalism / Virginie Vaté -- Christianization of words and selves : Nenets reindeer herders joining the state through conversion / Laur Vallikivi -- Right singing and conversion to Orthodox Christianity in Estonia / Jeffers Engelhardt -- The civility and pragmatism of Charismatic Christianity in Lithuania / Gediminas Lankauskas -- Networks of faith in Kazakhstan / William Clark -- Temporary conversions : encounters with Pentecostalism in Muslim Kyrgyzstan / Mathijs Pelkmans -- Conversion and the mobile self : evangelicalism as 'travelling culture' / Catherine Wanner -- Postsocialism, postcolonialism, Pentecostalism / J.D.Y. Peel
Summary The large and sudden influx of missionaries into the former Soviet Union after seventy years of militant secularism has been controversial, and the widespread occurrence of conversion has led to anxiety about social and national disintegration. Although these concerns have been vigorously discussed in national arenas, social scientists have remained remarkably silent about the subject. This volume's focus on conversion offers a novel approach to the dislocations of the postsocialist experience. In eight wellresearched ethnographic accounts the authors analyse a range of missionary encounters a
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Christianity -- Russia (Federation)
Missions -- Russia (Federation)
RELIGION -- Christian Ministry -- Missions.
RELIGION -- General.
Russia (Federation)
Form Electronic book
Author Pelkmans, Mathijs, 1973-
LC no. 2009047660
ISBN 9781845459628