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Notions of mission re-examining protestant missionaries’ understandings of the content and purpose of their work in today’s world and their reaching for utopia


Hughes, Maria (2019). Notions of mission re-examining protestant missionaries’ understandings of the content and purpose of their work in today’s world and their reaching for utopia. Anthropos:41-66.

Abstract

The notion of mission might bring forth images of the Christianisation of 'heathens' in the context of Colonialism. However, such narrow portrayals miss the variety of different missionary practices in today’s world. This paper explores German and Swiss Protestant missionaries’ understandings of the content and purpose of their work. It argues that the studied missionaries, with their claim to provide “holistic” care, raise awareness and induce behavioural changes, seek to create an ideal space (utopia) for themselves as well as the respective local populations.

Abstract

The notion of mission might bring forth images of the Christianisation of 'heathens' in the context of Colonialism. However, such narrow portrayals miss the variety of different missionary practices in today’s world. This paper explores German and Swiss Protestant missionaries’ understandings of the content and purpose of their work. It argues that the studied missionaries, with their claim to provide “holistic” care, raise awareness and induce behavioural changes, seek to create an ideal space (utopia) for themselves as well as the respective local populations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
390 Customs, etiquette & folklore
Uncontrolled Keywords:Protestant mission, faith-based development work, awareness-raising, utopia
Language:English
Date:2019
Deposited On:14 Feb 2020 11:46
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 11:54
Publisher:Editions Saint-Paul Fribourg
ISSN:0257-9774
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5771/9783896658210
Official URL:https://www.nomos-elibrary.de/10.5771/9783896658210/churches-mission-and-development-in-the-post-colonial-era
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