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Scrambling for the Centre: Ghana’s New Churches as an Alternative Ideology and Power

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Department of Sociology, University of Ghana, Legon P. O. Box LG 65, Ghana
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Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation (CriSHET), Nelson Mandela University, 14 Bird Street, Port Elizabeth 6001, South Africa
Religions 2019, 10(12), 668; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10120668
Received: 30 September 2019 / Revised: 3 December 2019 / Accepted: 9 December 2019 / Published: 12 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World)
The effort expended by religious groups in Ghana to access and influence political power is not a historic novelty. Most clearly manifested in organizational strategies and the pronouncements of religious leaders, sectional ambitions in respect of political access and influence have recently gained ascendancy in response to the relatively rapid and large-scale growth of religious diversity across the nation and within its growing conurbations. This scramble for access and influence has also been fueled by the overt participation of some political leaders in religious activities, which are perceived to grant certain groups an enviable presence in the public sphere and favoured access to the corridors of state power. Focusing on two of Ghana’s New Churches, both Pentecostal–charismatic organizations, as case studies, this paper explores the strategies and motivations of religious groups striving to access and influence political society in an increasingly diverse socio-cultural context. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ghana’s New Churches; ideology; dominant ideology; alternative ideology; political power Ghana’s New Churches; ideology; dominant ideology; alternative ideology; political power
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Okyerefo, M.P.K. Scrambling for the Centre: Ghana’s New Churches as an Alternative Ideology and Power. Religions 2019, 10, 668.

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