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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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Pentecostal Social Currency and the Search for Respect

Pentecostal Social Currency and the Search for Respect

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(p.190) 7 Pentecostal Social Currency and the Search for Respect
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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/9780813061689.003.0007

This chapter is concerned with the tangible ways in which Pentecostal converts in the urban barrio experience their evangelical identities as symbolic capital in the form of prestige. The Pentecostal church makes male and female converts “respectable” (by promoting cultural values of respectability understood locally in terms of “seriousness”) and in so doing, furnishes poor and otherwise marginalized men and women with access to forms of prestige from which they are typically excluded. Also considered here is a specific constellation of values in Dominican society that render respect for devout Christian converts and structure the moral economy that affords them conditional distinction based on their fidelity to the church. The author submits that for the Pentecostal community in Villa Altagracia, respect is the most cited benefit of conversion and is the predominant idiom through which converts experience the positive social rewards of evangelical Christian identity in the barrio.

Keywords:   respect, Pentecostal social currency, respectability, prestige, seriousness, moral economy, cultural values, reputation

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