Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online

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At the inception of modern anthropology in the 1920s, anthropologists studied small, bounded communities on the margins of the world’s political and economic centres. Since they treated local forms of religion as integral to the functioning of supposedly unchanging indigenous cultures, many early anthropologists either ignored missionaries, preachers and Christian conversion or described their corruptive influence. By the 1950s, anthropologists working in rapidly changing colonial contexts started de…

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Van Wyk, Ilana, “Anthropology”, in: Brill's Encyclopedia of Global Pentecostalism Online, Edited by: Michael Wilkinson, Connie Au, Jörg Haustein, Todd M. Johnson. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 20201204

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