A Pentecostal revival is sweeping the Romani communities of Europe. The dominant religious orientation of European Roma, Pentecostalism has become one of the major factors behind Romani social development in the wake of the discrimination, marginalization, and growing anti-ziganist sentiments of the latest decades. Through this form of charismatic Protestant Christianity, Roma have overcome social problems and internal conflicts as well as battle against the hostility and exclusion of the 'macro gajo' (non-Roma) society.
Based on interviews and field work, this original ethnographic study offers a unique presentation and analysis of the Pentecostal revival in one of Europe's many Romani communities - the Kaale Roma of Finland and Sweden. Through individual life stories, historical exposés, sociological interpretation, and ritual and discourse analysis, Thurfjell provides a vivid, accurate portrait of the multifaceted and complex situation of contemporary Roma.
This study of the Pentecostal movement is of interest to anyone who seeks to understand the religious, historical, social and discursive processes that underlie the complex and difficult situation of European Roma today.
About the Author
David Thurfjell is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions at Södertörn University College, Stockholm, Sweden. He is the author of Living Shi'ism: Instances of Ritualisation among Islamist Men in Contemporary Iran (Brill, 2006).
Table of Contents
2. The Finnish Kaale and Their Religion
3. Caught in a Deadlock
4. Conjuring the Pious Mood
5. Staying on the Path
6. Ethnogenesis and Eschatology
7. The Ambiguities of Religious Change: Concluding Remarks