chapter  11
15 Pages

Moral models, self-control and the production of the moral citizen in the Ugandan Pentecostal movement

WithAlessandro Gusman

The chapter focuses on the concept of moral citizenry in the Ugandan Pentecostal-charismatic movement. It provides an analysis of the movement’s success amongst the urban youth, grounded it in its ability to offer alternative behavioural models of social control beyond the existing gerontocratic arrangement that controls and governs sexuality and other spheres of young peoples’ lives. Through the refusal of aesthetic, consumption and business models of their parents’ generation and of non-converted youth, Pentecostals present themselves as ‘ethical subjects’ able to withstand physical and material ‘afflictions’. In this way, Pentecostalism is able to offer new social and political structures in Uganda wherein the Christian citizen learns to regulate behaviour through an ethos of individual responsibility – in order to counter the perceived moral crisis occurring in the country.