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Title: Religious conversions to neo-pentecostalism in Mexico
Author: Vázquez Mendoza, Lucía
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 9517
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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This study explores the religious conversion of young people to Neo-Pentecostalism in Mexico. Neo-Pentecostalism is a new form of belief and worship which emerged in the 1970s, and which is considered the third wave of the Pentecostal movement. The most interesting aspect of this religion lies in its religious proposal, which presents a modern approach to religion. Its popularity seems to reach nonbelievers, Catholics and Protestants, but especially young people. However, to date we still know little about this new religion. Therefore, this study proposes to give a better understanding of Neo-Pentecostalism and to find out why young people find it so appealing. For that reason, conversion stories were collected from young members of a Neo-Pentecostal church in Xalapa, Mexico. This research uses a multifactorial approach to analyse the causes of conversion and to gain a complete overview of the factors infuencing conversions to Neo-Pentecostalism. This thesis argues that young people are becoming Neo-Pentecostal because it offers a new form of religion adapted to their necessities and in conformance with contemporary Mexican society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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