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Title: At the edge of faith : an ethnographic study of British Pentecostalism
Author: Cookson, Helen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3562 0144
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 2008
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This thesis is an ethnographic account of four Elim Pentecostalist congregations in the North East of England. It is one of the very few studies of white British Pentecostal congregations and is part of the growing literature on congregational, denominational and Pentecostal studies. The study is also a growing part of 'anthropology of Britain' and more generally the anthropology of reUgion. The thesis foregrounds the words of participants who articulate their faith and reflects Pentecostal spirituality in the twentv-first century. 'At the Edge of Faith' is a title which considers the sociality of Elim Pentecostals. The thesis illustrates the ways in which Pentecostalists view their 'faith' and distinguish themselves from other social groups. It is also an account of the articulation by Pentecostals of their faith and the ftiture direction the Elim movement may take. The thesis presents an analysis of several key issues: time, boundaries, embodiment, risk and salvation, organisational theory and 'belonging'. These topics emerged as co-construction of Pentecostal identity. Much of the thesis involves the 'emic' and 'etic' analysis of discourse presented by research participants during interviews. A range of social scientific methods were used in collecting data on these congregations — participant observation, interviews, sermon analysis, surveys, photographs and the collection of Elim literature. The research was carried out with the full knowledge of the Pastors and members of the four congregations, who allowed extremely good access to all areas of their religious lives. To ensure ethical conduct and to preserve the integrity of the research, interview informants were provided with transcripts of their interviews and allowed to make minor changes to their transcripts if they so wished; however, changes were not commonly made.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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