Traditional Churches, Born Again Christianity, and Pentecostalism

Religious Mobility and Religious Repertoires in Urban Kenya

  • Yonatan N. Gez

Part of the Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies book series (CHARIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Yonatan N. Gez
    Pages 1-31
  3. Theoretical Perspectives on Religious Mobility

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 35-64
  4. Urban Kenya as a Case Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 89-152
  5. Religious Repertoires in Urban Kenya

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 201-234
    3. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 235-262
    4. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 263-303
  6. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Yonatan N. Gez
      Pages 307-316
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-358

About this book


In Kenya's vibrant urban religious landscape, where Pentecostal and traditional churches of various orientations live side by side, religious identity tends to overflow a single institutional affiliation. While Kenya’s Christianity may offer modes of coping with the fragilities of urban life, it is subject to repeated crises and schisms, often fueled by rumors and accusations of hypocrisy. In order to understand the unfolding of Kenyans’ dynamic religious identities, and inspired by the omnipresent distinction between ‘religious membership’ and ‘church visits,’ Yonatan N. Gez considers the complementary relations between a  center of religious affiliation and expansion towards secondary practices. Building on this basic distinction, the book develops a theoretical innovation in the form of the ‘religious repertoire’ model, which maps individuals’ religious identities in terms of three intertwined degrees of practice.


Anthropology of Religion Kenyan religion religious identity Africa secularism urban centres sociology

Authors and affiliations

  • Yonatan N. Gez
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90640-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90641-6
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