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Regendering Ethnicity

Pentecostal Gender Dynamics Reshaping Chinese Imageries in Java
  • En-Chieh Chao
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Abstract

This chapter explores the intersection of gender and ethnicity in the Pentecostal movement. It is intended to show how the Pentecostal movement enables a reconfiguration of gender, morality, and ethnic relations, particularly for ethnic Chinese. I provide four ethnographic tales from the Pentecostal corners of Salatiga, including stories of women and of the life transformation of a male gangster-turned-pastor. Although assertive within their worship halls and revivals, Chinese Indonesian Pentecostals strive to shake off ethnic stereotypes attached to them by creating a prosperity theology that downplays materialism, and by developing an ambivalent discourse of gendered submission in the predominantly Islamic nation.

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  • En-Chieh Chao
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  1. 1.National Sun Yat-sen UniversityKaohsiung CityTaiwan

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