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Salut personnel et socialisation religieuse dans les assemblées de Dieu de Polynésie française

Authors
Journal
Anthropologie et Sociétés
0702-8997
Publisher
Consortium Erudit
Publication Date
Volume
31
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7202/015988ar
Keywords
  • Fer
  • Pentecôtisme
  • Individu
  • Socialisation
  • Polynésie
  • Famille
  • Institution
  • Pentecostalism
  • Individual
  • Socialization
  • Polynesia
  • Family
  • Pentecostismo
  • Individuo
  • Socialización
  • Polinesia
  • Familia
  • Institución

Abstract

An apparent paradox of Pentecostalism lies in its ability to promote both individualism and community. This article, based on an extended study of socialization within the Polynesian Assemblies of God, attempts to unravel this contradiction. It shows how an « unseen » institutional work enables believers to establish a symbolic continuity between the distanciation from traditional structures of control that preceded their conversion, and their integration into a religious constraining community where institutional and community controls are subjectively experienced as personal « enchanted » relations with God. In this religious paradigm, « brothers and sisters in Christ » do not replace the traditional family, but rather form a new space of possible « familial » ties based upon personal affinities.

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