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dc.contributor.advisorFitzgerald, Ruth
dc.contributor.advisorJaye, Chrys
dc.contributor.authorBower, Sherrema
dc.date.available2016-09-05T21:09:31Z
dc.date.copyright2016
dc.identifier.citationBower, S. (2016). A Woman’s Glory: A Study Exploring Experiences of Spiritual Power and the Gendered Lives of Women in Two Pentecostal Communities in the USA and New Zealand (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). University of Otago. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/6765en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/6765
dc.description.abstractThe question of whether or not feminisms can be located amongst Pentecostal and evangelical women has been widely debated in the field of women’s and gender studies (Franks, 2001; Ginsburg, 1997). Yet my research has uncovered that Pentecostal women have a unique brand of feminism through their spiritual power and submission, drawing from a distinctly female spiritual experience of Pentecostalism, when they give submission first to God before all others. Many of these practicing women employ ‘biblical feminism’ (Scanzoni & Hardesty, 1992), an aspect of feminist theology that looks at biblical representations of women through a ‘developing egalitarianism’ approach. The stories of these women were told to me by them during my ethnographic, cross cultural and comparative PhD research from September, 2012 to February, 2014. I conducted more than 60 interviews around New Zealand and River City and Fountain City, Missouri (USA), with women in two Pentecostal denominations, the Assemblies of God (AG) and the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). Their stories are put in conversation with submission doctrine while exploring the social contexts that shape how these women experience God, faith, and themselves. In this religious and social context women’s lives are structurally and systematically different from men’s lives, thereby producing a set of different as well as differently complete knowledges (Wood, 2005:pp. 61-66). Both lay women and leaders told of the transformative power of their conversions into Pentecost and their sense of purpose through actively applied call narratives to demonstrate the aegis of their God-given authority. They spoke of having spiritual giftings like healing, prophesy, and tongues and interpretation, which they regularly enacted for the benefit of other members in their faith communities. They placed protocols around their giftings to ensure that the gift-bringer was operating under God’s authority rather than her own. Participants revealed the multi-dimensionality of submission and their own cerebral approach to the concept. This placed them in what I call woman space, a place of spiritual power constantly regenerated by the woman’s prayers and the strength of her belief that God works through her. My work uncovered that submission – given always to God before all others - is an inseparable tenet of these women’s spiritual power.
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dc.subjectbiblical feminism
dc.subjectwomen's spirituality
dc.subjectspiritual gifts
dc.subjectspiritual power
dc.subjectPentecostal women
dc.subjectgendered experiences
dc.subjectwoman space
dc.subjecthair and submission
dc.subjectwomen teaching women
dc.subjectministerial callings
dc.subjecttransnational research
dc.subjectwomen's experience of Pentecostalism
dc.subjectfaith healing
dc.subjectsubmission doctrine
dc.subjectspirituality studies
dc.subjectconservative Protestant women
dc.subjecta woman's glory
dc.subjectwomen's community
dc.subjectreflexive anthropology
dc.subjectspirit-filled women
dc.subjectHoliness standards
dc.subjectPentecostalism in New Zealand
dc.subjectsubmission theology
dc.subjectgender and oppressions
dc.subjectwomen's spiritual authority
dc.subjectspiritual power and embodiment
dc.subjectphenomenological research
dc.subjectPentecostalism and feminism
dc.subjectcreation order
dc.subjectPentecostalism in Missouri
dc.titleA Woman's Glory: A Study Exploring Experiences of Spiritual Power and the Gendered Lives of Women in Two Pentecostal Communities in the USA and New Zealand
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.updated2016-09-05T20:04:28Z
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thesis.degree.disciplineAnthropology and Archaeology
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otago
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
otago.openaccessOpen
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