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More and more, religion scholars question the usefulness of the category of "religion." Many reject presumptions that what "religion" signifies is unique, universal, inherently meaningful, and, perhaps more importantly, self-evidently "religious." Scholars have therefore reconceived "religion" as a modern technology fabricated as a private domain intended to contain political dissent. Such arguments, however, depend on a distinction between the religious and the political rather particular to North America. My project, in contrast, aims to explore these categories through a history and ethnography of the lives of contemporary Brazilian evangelical Christians belonging to the International Church of Christ (ICOC). I take issue specifically with the narrowness by which recent arguments have defined "politics," arguing for a more nuanced understanding of what the political is in relation to local forms of religious organization in the Brazilian ICOC.
politics, religion, Brazil
Date of Defense
April 24, 2015.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Religion in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation with Honors in the Major.
Includes bibliographical references.
Porter, J. N. (2015). Anyone Can Protest, Only We Can Save Souls: Authority and Dissent in a Brazilian Christian Church. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_uhm-0444