The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008 by Fiona VernalThe Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008 by Fiona Vernal

The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008

byFiona Vernal

Hardcover | September 14, 2012

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The Farmerfield Mission explores the history of a residential Christian community in South Africa established for Africans in 1838 by Methodist missionaries, destroyed in 1962 by the apartheid government when it was zoned as an exclusive area for white occupation, and returned to thedescendants of the community under South Africa's land reform program in 1999. As a farm, a residential site, a Christian community on a violent frontier, and a 'black spot' in a white area during the apartheid era, the history of the Farmerfield mission links the broad narratives of colonialism and Christian evangelism with the case study of a particular African Christiancommunity. The genesis and evolution of Farmerfield over its 124-year history provide a distinct lens through which to view broader nineteenth and twentieth century debates about the African vernacularization of Christianity and assimilation of European cultural norms.
Fiona Vernal is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut.
Title:The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:September 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrologueIntroductionPart One1. Genealogies: The Evangelical Revival and Pioneer Mission Work in the Cape Colony, 1799-18342. Pioneer Models of Methodist Missionary Enterprise: The Chain of Stations3. Bringing the Chain of Missions Back to the Eastern Cape: A Novel Turn in Methodist MissionPart Two4. ''A Select Class of Natives:'' Economic and Social Visions of the First Fifty Years of Farmerfield5. ''Incipient Civilization,'' and ''Nominal Christianity:'' Calibrating African Christianity at Farmerfield6. The Review of 1884: Farmerfield at a CrossroadPart Three7. Revamping the Mission: Reincarnations of Farmerfield, 1884-19628. Becoming a Black Spot: The Removal of 19629. Reclaiming and Resettling FarmerfieldConclusionNotesAbbreviationsBibliographyIndex