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Free Content We need to open up the country: development and the Christian key scenario in the social space of Kinshasa's teleserials

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This article discusses discourses on development in the social space of Kinshasa's post-Mobutu teleserials. The producers (dramatic artists and born-again Christian leaders; some are both) contend that their work will transform society, counter the social and political crisis and improve the nation in various ways. Pentecostalist Christianity meets the genre of the melodrama in the way the teleserials focus on the individual's spiritual development. This article argues that the fictive representation of witchcraft relates to a Pentecostalist diagnosis of the crisis and that the narrative unfolding of the teleserials points towards the cultural key scenario asserted by Pentecostal-charismatic churches.

Keywords: Kinshasa; Pentecostal-charismatic Christianity; media; narrative; time

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.

Publication date: May 1, 2009

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