Becoming “business class”: Educated youth and Pentecostal change in eastern Uganda

Aguti, Stella, Amongin, Sarah, Jones, Ben, Okello, Jimmy Ezra and Oluka, Robert (2024) Becoming “business class”: Educated youth and Pentecostal change in eastern Uganda. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. ISSN 0305-7925

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Our paper looks at the lives of educated young men in a Pentecostal church in eastern Uganda. The way young men conduct themselves, how they dress, how they speak in church, whether or not they are good with technology, help to define their claims to an educated identity. Youth leaders are valued for the liveliness they bring to church, for the ways they innovate in areas of praise and worship. At the same time, they are often criticised for the way they orient schemes and initiatives to their own advantage, for not being transparent and for ‘confusing’ others. We adapt Henrik Vigh’s concept of social navigation to show how educated young men become ‘political navigators’ in church. They mix ambitions for personal growth with their contributions to a modern, lively and dynamic church, and in so doing help to make it more ‘business class’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: christianity,education,identity,politics,youth,education ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3304
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Heritage and History
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Gender and Development
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > The State, Governance and Conflict
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2023 03:04
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2024 10:30
DOI: 10.1080/03057925.2023.2292518

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