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Moving by the SpiritPentecostal Social Life on the Zambian Copperbelt$
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Naomi Haynes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520294240

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520294240.001.0001

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Boom and Bust, Revival and Renewal

Boom and Bust, Revival and Renewal

Chapter 1 Boom and Bust, Revival and Renewal
Moving by the Spirit

Naomi Haynes

University of California Press

This chapter provides the ethnographic background for the rest of this book. It begins by responding to James Ferguson's (1999) well-known study of Kitwe, which portrayed the Copperbelt as a place of decline and despair. In contrast to Ferguson's description, this chapter situates the Copperbelt in a broader historical context of boom and bust, with regular cycles of prosperity as well as poverty. This is one of the main reasons for the optimism found during fieldwork. The chapter also offers a description of Nsofu, focused on those features of township life that facilitate moving, namely economic diversity and the large number of Pentecostal churches. In addition, it traces the development of Pentecostalism in Zambia, beginning with the arrival of the first Pentecostal missionaries in the 1950s.

Keywords:   James Ferguson, Kitwe, Zambian Copperbelt, Nsofu, township life, economic diversity, Pentecostalism, Pentecostal churches, Pentecostal missionaries

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