The Christianity of Culture: Conversion, Ethnic Citizenship, and the Matter of Religion in…

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byL. Chua

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In recent years, anthropologists have increasingly viewed Christian conversion as a form of rupture from the past. But what happens if the people with whom they work begin to speak a language of continuity and sameness with that past? In this richly contextualized study, Liana Chua explores how a largely Christian Bidayuh community has been reconfiguring its relationship to its old animist rituals through the trope and politics of "culture." Placing her ethnography in dialogue with developments in the nascent anthropology of Christianity, Chua argues that such efforts at 'continuity speaking' are the product not only of Malaysian cultural politics, but also of conversion and Christianity itself. This book invites scholars to rethink the nature and scope of conversion, as well as the multifarious, yet distinctive, forms that Christianity can take.

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In recent years, anthropologists have increasingly viewed Christian conversion as a form of rupture from the past. But what happens if the people with whom they work begin to speak a language of continuity and sameness with that past? In this richly contextualized study, Liana Chua explores how a largely Christian Bidayuh community has...

Liana Chuais a lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:274 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120466

ISBN - 13:9780230120464

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Table of Contents

Looking Like a Culture: Moden-ity and Multiculturalism in a Malaysian Village *Following the Rice Year: Adat Gawai, Past and Present* The Making of a "Not Yet Pure Christian" Village *Why Bidayuhs Don't Want to Become Muslim: Ethnicity, Christianity, and the Politics of Religion* Speaking of (Dis)Continuity: Cultures of Christianity and the Christianization of "Culture"* "We are One in Jesus"? Sociality, Salvation, and Moral Dilemmas* Thinking through Adat Gawai: "Culture," Transformation, and the Matter of Religiosity

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"An excellent portrait of a mode of Christianity as minoritization and flight from state attempts to fix identity, ethnicity, and culture.This book is well worth attending to even for those working outside of either Christianity or Southeast Asia as a region." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute'The task Liana Chua sets herself in this carefully argued and ethnographically rich study is that of giving and account of Benuk religion and culture that does justice to all of these aspects (and more) of the life of the village . . . Full of careful arguments, and open-ended in its commitment to honoring the complexity of the world, it is a book anthropologists interested in any topic it covers will find they can read with great profit.' - Anthropology News