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Dynamiques religieuses et démocratisation au Bénin. Pentecôtisme et formation d'un espace public

Abstract : Religious movements are often considered as obstacles to democratization. It is typical to point to their harmful potential, rather than to the possibility of plural interpretations and uses. From a close analysis of pentecostal movements, this study seeks to understand the links between political change and religious dynamics in Benin. The period of democratic transition has witnessed the return of religion to the public space. This has been seen particularly in the expansion of a collective imaginary that explains changes in religious terms. It is in this context that pentecostalism has spread in urban spaces. The diffusionist logic of these churches, the individual trajectories of their converts and the mechanisms of community building employed, will be highlighted in order to illustrate the modern dimension of this phenomenon, as well as its ability to mediate social change. The thesis then links religious dynamics to political change through a reflection on the formation of a public space. The differential effects of particular religious expressions will be underlined, depending on the meaning and uses given by a variety of actors, especially converts. Our study takes into account the diverse, fluid and moving aspects of these new religious dynamics and insists on the ambiguous, paradoxical and sometimes unintended consequences of the pentecostal expansion into the political process.
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Cédric Mayrargue. Dynamiques religieuses et démocratisation au Bénin. Pentecôtisme et formation d'un espace public. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux; Université Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV, 2002. Français. ⟨tel-00298180⟩



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