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Negotiating RespectPentecostalism, Masculinity, and the Politics of Spiritual Authority in the Dominican Republic$
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Brendan Jamal Thornton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061689

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061689.001.0001

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Pluralism, Heterodoxy, and Christian Hegemony

Pluralism, Heterodoxy, and Christian Hegemony

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(p.53) 3 Pluralism, Heterodoxy, and Christian Hegemony
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Negotiating Respect
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Brendan Jamal Thornton

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061689.003.0003

Chapter 3 considers the religious field as a whole and traces the unique dimensions of popular religion as they manifest locally. The author advances the argument that efficacy across the religious spectrum is achieved as a result of the cosmological assumptions that religious institutions share at the local level. It is within this implicit sharing that believers constitute themselves as effectual religious actors, prosecute their religious identities, and negotiate spiritual authority. In Villa Altagracia, meaningful interaction in the realm of the sacred is dependent upon the articulated practical and symbolic relations of agreement obtaining between local religions—primarily popular Catholicism, so-called Dominican vodú, and Protestant evangelical, namely Pentecostal, churches—within the constraints of Christian domination. In order to flesh out the nuances of this accord, the author utilizes a case study of a woman whose religious career has traversed all three major local religious horizons.

Keywords:   religious spectrum, cosmological assumptions, religious identity, Catholicism, Dominican vodú, popular religion

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