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Mansilla, M; Leiva, S; Muñoz, W. (2017) Pospentecostalismo: del fundacionalismo al postfundacionalismo pentecostal chileno. Cinta moebio 59: 172-185. doi: 10.4067/S0717-554X2017000200172


Postpentecostalism: from foundationalism to Chilean Pentecostal postfundationalism

Miguel Ángel Mansilla ( Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Arturo Prat (Iquique, Chile) ORCID: 0000-0001-5684-0787
Sandra Leiva ( Instituto de Estudios Internacionales, Universidad Arturo Prat (Iquique, Chile) ORCID: 0000-0003-4883-6942
Wilson Muñoz ( Facultad de Educación y Humanidades, Universidad de Tarapacá (Arica, Chile) ORCID: 0000-0002-6496-500X


The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse how the concepts of community and people have historically evolved from their origins up to these days in Pentecostalism. Considering an analysis of the most relevant literature in Chile on this religious movement, we will show how the specialized literature and the movement itself have shifted from foundationalist notions of community and subject, towards post-foundationalist notions of these concepts. Methodologically we have reviewed and analysed all the articles and books of sociology and anthropology of Pentecostalism published from 1967 to the present. We have encountered a crisis and religious disenchantment in the Pentecostal movement, and a weakening of the agglutinating force of the foundational notions of Pentecostalism. The Pentecostal movement is at a postfoundationalist moment, which we have tentatively called postpentecostalism.

Key words: pentecostalism, foundationalism, post-foundationalism, post-pentecostalism, Chile.

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