Gender, Social Change and Spiritual Power: Charismatic by Jane E Soothill

By Jane E Soothill

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For this reason, the meaning of “agency”, and how it is to be conceptualised in regard to the actions of individuals, requires some further explanation in order that its use in this book be properly understood. In conjunction with exercising caution about the cross-cultural validity of the idea of “individual agency”,70 the book contends that the 66 See, for example, Marijke Steegstra, “ ‘A Mighty Obstacle to the Gospel’: Basel Missionaries, Krobo Women, and ConÁicting Ideas of Gender and Sexuality”, Journal of Religion in Africa, 32 (2), 2002, 200–30.

This interest, she argues, stemmed largely from Europe’s interest in itself, and other cultures were of interest only insofar as they told Europe something about itself: its own past, present and, perhaps more importantly, future: Other cultures were, if you like, a way of understanding, commenting and reÁecting on the peculiarity of western culture. 52 50 Moore, Feminism, 186. Likewise, Leonardo describes the history of American anthropology as one of “seeing ourselves through seeing others”; a history, she argues, that includes 1970s feminist scholarship (“Introduction”, 3).

89 Werbner, “Multiple Identities”, 22. 90 As I will show, Christie Doe Tetteh’s authority stems in part from her ability to demonstrate privileged access to spiritual power. As an outside observer I did not respond to her spiritual direction; I did not join the rest of the congregation in speaking in tongues at her direction and I was never taken “with the Spirit”. At one service, Christie Doe Tetteh invited those who had never spoken in tongues to gather in front of her so she could minister to them and they would begin instantly to speak in tongues.

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