Christian Moderns Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter

ISBN-10: 0520246527
ISBN-13: 9780520246522
Edition: 2007
Authors: Webb Keane
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Locating Protestantism
Religion's Reach
Beliefs, Words, and Selves
Religion, Culture, and the Colonies
Conversion's Histories
Fetishisms
Umbu Neka's Conversion
Fetishism and the Word
Modern Sincerity
Materialism, Missionaries, and Modern Subjects
Purifications
Text, Act, Objectifications
Money Is No Object
Afterword
References
Index

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