Current Institutional Affiliation
Humanities, Humanities Graduate Centre, University of the Witwatersrand

Award Information

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2018
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Humanities Graduate Centre, University of the Witwatersrand
Pentecostal Urbanism? Exploring the immigrants’ experiences of violence in Johannesburg

This ethnographic research is concerned with the role of Pentecostalism in mediating immigrants' experiences of fear and violence in and of the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The interplay between religions, in particular Pentecostalism, for the immigrant in the context of urban violence has not had much attention especially in Johannesburg. Amongst other things, Pentecostalism seeks to address situated realities in places where it is established, hence it is important to look at what it offers for the immigrant in a context of violence. Pentecostalism has been on the rise in Johannesburg with many immigrant-run churches occupying buildings in the city centre and surrounding suburbs where immigrants are concentrated. That has registered a strong public presence and visibility of Pentecostals in and around the city which is dominated by everyday crime and violence. Consequently, Pentecostalism and violence which are generally seen as two separate worlds are brought into contact presenting the complexity of everyday life for the urban immigrant.