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Gender constitutes a central concern in Pentecostal Churches in Brussels mostly composed of followers from Southern countries. As a normative space, religious speech in these places contributes to the definition of particular masculinities and femininities. This gendered ideology is a crucial issue within the church and sometimes divides men and women having different “visions ”. The accessibility of women to the status of pastor is the kind of question that constitutes a power issue. Interestingly, the Church proposes an alternative gendered model to the hegemonic model of secular society. Furthermore, several evolutions of the sexual domain are facilitated through the Pentecostal language, such as, the reconfiguration of gender relationships in the new migration context. These spaces can then appear as contesting locales of native sexual practices and gender relationships.

Keywords

  • women
  • pentecostalism
  • masculinity
  • pastor status
  • gendered ideology
  • migration
  • negotiation
  • alternative
Maïté Maskens
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