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Title:Conversion, identity, and power : the impact of Christianity on power relationships and social exchanges
Abstract:The introduction of Christianity into traditional societies has been the subject of numerous studies. Few of these studies, however, have adequately examined the way that this introduction affects power relationships in a community. In this, the third volume in the American Society of Missiology's dissertation series, A. Sue Russell attempts to advance the discourse on Christianity and social change by showing how a new social institution, the local church, both influences and is influenced by existing sociocultural power relationships. Building on her extensive research into the Tagal Murut, Dr. Russell clearly demonstrates that the introduction of Christianity created a dynamic that produced new social relations and power structures in Tagal society. With its unique insights into this crucial dynamic, Conversion, Identity, and Power stands as an important contribution to the sociological and missiological literature exploring the impact of Christianity on traditional societies
Creator:Russell, A. Sue
Date (W3CDTF):1999
Description:Includes bibliographical references (p. [157]-178) and index
Extent:xii, 186 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Identifier:ISBN: 076181440X (paper : alk. paper)
ISBN: 0761814396 (cloth : alk. paper)
Language (ISO639):eng
Publisher:Lanham, MD : University Press of America
Spatial Coverage:Malaysia, Sabah
Subject:BR1200.5.S23R87 1999
Subject (LCSH):Tagal Murut (Southeast Asian people)--Social life and customs
Tagal Murut (Southeast Asian people)--Religion
Sabah--Church history
Table Of Contents:Power and Power Relations -- Power and Sociocultural Change -- Ethnographic Context for Research -- Tagal Power Relationships -- Outline of Chapters -- Context for Research -- Limitations of This Study -- Value of This Study -- Tagal Power Relationships -- Pre-Colonial Tagal Society -- Colonial Rule -- Post-Colonial Tagal Society -- Introduction of Christianity -- The Supernatural and Power -- Power and the Supernatural -- Placating the Spirits -- Control of Supernatural Resources -- Supernatural Resources and Social Exchanges -- The Church and Power -- Christian Cosmology -- Christian Supernatural Resources -- Parallel Uses of Supernatural Resources -- Social Exchanges in a Church Community -- Utilization of Supernatural Resources -- Seeking Additional Spiritual Benefits -- Bridewealth, Status, and Power -- Establishment of Exchange Relationship -- Maintenance of Exchange Relationships -- Feast Exchanges -- Ritual Focus of Feasts -- Christian Marriage and Bridewealth -- Christian Feast Exchanges -- Leadership and Power -- Head of Household -- Village Headman -- Safety and Development Committee-JKKK -- Church Leadership -- Church Organized Groups -- Decision Making in the Church -- Interaction of Leadership in a Christian Village -- Social Identity and Power -- Traditional Tagal Social Identity -- Christianity and Social Identity -- Conversion, Identity, and Power -- Conversion as Change in Identity -- Conversion as Change in Allegiance -- Conversion, Identity, and Power
Type (DCMI):Text


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