Continuity and Rupture: Pentecostal Practice, Community, and Memory in Pinochet's Chile

19 Sep 2017

This paper explores the penetration of Pentecostalism’s discursive emphasis on rupture and discontinuity into the everyday lives of believers in authoritarian Chile. I argue that Pentecostal memories of the dictatorship reflect a less categorical conceptualization of rupture and reveal the dense web of connections and identities that adherents utilized to find meaning and solutions to the struggles they faced in daily life. I further argue that is necessary to gauge Pentecostals’ religious identities and cosmologies during the period through a wider historical framework. They were intimately folded into the long history of violence, oppression, and marginalization in which they were embedded.