Negotiating Marriage: Questions of Morality and Legitimacy in the Ghanaian Pentecostal Diaspora

Negotiating Marriage: Questions of Morality and Legitimacy in the Ghanaian Pentecostal Diaspora NEGOTIATING MARRIAGE: QUESTIONS OF MORALITY AND LEGITIMACY IN THE GHANAIAN PENTECOSTAL DIASPORA  RIJK VAN DIJK (African Studies Centre, Leiden) ABSTRACT Among the many immigrant groups that have settled in the Netherlands, the recently arrived migrants from Ghana have been perceived by the Dutch state as especially problematic. Explicit measures have been taken to investigate marriages of Ghanaians, as these appeared to be an avenue by which many acquired access to the Dutch welfare state. While the Dutch government tightened its immigra- tion policies, many Ghanaian Pentecostal churches were emerging in the Ghanaian immigrant communities. An important function of these churches is to o ffi ciate over marriages; marriages that are perceived as lawful and righteous in the eyes of the migrant community but nonetheless do not have any legal basis as far as the Dutch state is concerned. This contribution explores why the Ghanaian com- munity attributes great moral signi fi cance to these marriages that are taking place within their Pentecostal churches. It investigates the changing meaning of the func- tions of Pentecostal churches in Ghana and in the Netherlands by distinguishing civil morality from civic responsibility. It seeks to explore how, in both contexts, legitimacy http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Religion in Africa Brill

Negotiating Marriage: Questions of Morality and Legitimacy in the Ghanaian Pentecostal Diaspora

Journal of Religion in Africa, Volume 34 (4): 438 – Jan 1, 2004

Loading next page...
 
/lp/brill/negotiating-marriage-questions-of-morality-and-legitimacy-in-the-WYvmztVeQB
Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0022-4200
eISSN
1570-0666
D.O.I.
10.1163/1570066042564383
Publisher site
See Article on Publisher Site

Abstract

NEGOTIATING MARRIAGE: QUESTIONS OF MORALITY AND LEGITIMACY IN THE GHANAIAN PENTECOSTAL DIASPORA  RIJK VAN DIJK (African Studies Centre, Leiden) ABSTRACT Among the many immigrant groups that have settled in the Netherlands, the recently arrived migrants from Ghana have been perceived by the Dutch state as especially problematic. Explicit measures have been taken to investigate marriages of Ghanaians, as these appeared to be an avenue by which many acquired access to the Dutch welfare state. While the Dutch government tightened its immigra- tion policies, many Ghanaian Pentecostal churches were emerging in the Ghanaian immigrant communities. An important function of these churches is to o ffi ciate over marriages; marriages that are perceived as lawful and righteous in the eyes of the migrant community but nonetheless do not have any legal basis as far as the Dutch state is concerned. This contribution explores why the Ghanaian com- munity attributes great moral signi fi cance to these marriages that are taking place within their Pentecostal churches. It investigates the changing meaning of the func- tions of Pentecostal churches in Ghana and in the Netherlands by distinguishing civil morality from civic responsibility. It seeks to explore how, in both contexts, legitimacy

Journal

Journal of Religion in AfricaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2004

There are no references for this article.

You’re reading a free preview. Subscribe to read the entire article.


DeepDyve is your
personal research library

It’s your single place to instantly
discover and read the research
that matters to you.

Enjoy affordable access to
over 18 million articles from more than
15,000 peer-reviewed journals.

All for just $49/month

Explore the DeepDyve Library

Search

Query the DeepDyve database, plus search all of PubMed and Google Scholar seamlessly

Organize

Save any article or search result from DeepDyve, PubMed, and Google Scholar... all in one place.

Access

Get unlimited, online access to over 18 million full-text articles from more than 15,000 scientific journals.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from SpringerNature, Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford University Press and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

DeepDyve

Freelancer

DeepDyve

Pro

Price

FREE

$49/month
$360/year

Save searches from
Google Scholar,
PubMed

Create lists to
organize your research

Export lists, citations

Read DeepDyve articles

Abstract access only

Unlimited access to over
18 million full-text articles

Print

20 pages / month

PDF Discount

20% off