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Christian moderns: freedom and fetish in the mission encounter

Cannell, Fenella (2007) Christian moderns: freedom and fetish in the mission encounter. The Anthropology of Christianity. , 85 (1st). University of California Press, California, USA. ISBN 9780520246522

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Across much of the postcolonial world, Christianity has often become inseparable from ideas and practices linking the concept of modernity to that of human emancipation. To explore these links, Webb Keane undertakes a rich ethnographic study of the century-long encounter, from the colonial Dutch East Indies to post-independence Indonesia, among Calvinist missionaries, their converts, and those who resist conversion. Keane's analysis of their struggles over such things as prayers, offerings, and the value of money challenges familiar notions about agency. Through its exploration of language, materiality, and morality, this book illuminates a wide range of debates in social and cultural theory. It demonstrates the crucial place of Christianity in semiotic ideologies of modernity and sheds new light on the importance of religion in colonial and postcolonial histories

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2007 University of California Press
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 13:28
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2024 05:21

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