The Personal is Political: Pentecostal Approaches to Governance and Security

Brenda Bartelink*

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In this essay, I explore Pentecostal approaches to governance and security, taking an anthropological approach. I focus on Pentecostalism as a distinctive way of looking at and being in the world, one that understands the family as central in its approach governance and security. I highlight the paradox between Pentecostalism’s strong orientation towards individual and family moral conduct and practices of female leadership in Pentecostal contexts. I conclude with some broader reflections on the implications for diplomacy and other practitioners of foreign policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-75
Number of pages7
JournalThe Review of Faith and International Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 25-Aug-2020



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