New Book in the Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Series –
Michael Wilkinson and Peter Althouse, eds. 2017. Pentecostals and the Body. Leiden, Brill.
The intersection of religion, ritual, emotion, globalization, migration, sexuality, gender, race, and class, is especially insightful for researching Pentecostal notions of the body. Pentecostalism is well known for overt bodily expressions that include kinesthetic worship with emotive music and sustained acts of prayer. Among Pentecostals, there is considerable debate about bodies, the role of the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance, exorcism, revival, and healing of bodies and emotions. Pentecostalism is identified as a religion on the move and so bodies are transformed in the context of globalization. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions of sexuality, gender, race, and class where bodies are often liberated and limited. This volume evaluates these themes associated with contemporary research on the body.