Christianity and Social Change in Africa: Essays in Honor of J. D. Y. Peel

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Christianity and Social Change in Africa is the most comprehensive look at the African encounter with Christianity in recent years. The book's themes are drawn from the pioneering work of J. D. Y. Peel, building on his creative explanation of the African experience of Christianity. The volume covers a broad range of themes, including religious expansion, the rise of Pentecostalism, and the use of new media and technologies to convert people and reform believers. The various manifestations of religious impact run through all the chapters, covering aspects of culture, politics, the economy, and the landscape. The volume also explores the success of Africans in exporting Christianity to other parts of the globe, a phenomenon that has redefined both the message and meaning of this religion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594601354
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 3
Ch. 2 John Peel 27
Ch. 3 The cultural work of Yoruba globalization 43
Ch. 4 Confusion and empiricism : several connected thoughts 83
Ch. 5 Between the Yoruba and the deep blue sea : the gradual integration of Ewe fishermen on the Lagos-Badagry seabeach 99
Ch. 6 "In the olden days" : histories of misbehaving women in Ado-Odo, Southwestern Nigeria 117
Ch. 7 "Let your garments always be white ..." expressions of past and present in Yoruba religious textiles 139
Ch. 8 Shrine sanctuary and mission sanctuary in West Africa 165
Ch. 9 Translation, publics, and the vernacular press in 1920s Lagos 187
Ch. 10 Cultural politics and nationalist history : a background to Wole Soyinka's Isara 209
Ch. 11 Religion, public space, and the press in contemporary Nigeria 233
Ch. 12 "Those who trade with God never lose" : the economics of Pentecostal activism in Nigeria 253
Ch. 13 Mediating tradition : Pentecostal pastors, African priests, and chiefs in Ghanaian popular films 275
Ch. 14 Continuity or change? : Aladura and born-again Yoruba Christianity in London 307
Ch. 15 "Ndi Afe Ocha" : the early Aladura of Igboland, 1925-1975 335
Ch. 16 Afro-Brazilian religion, progressive Catholicism, and Pentecostalism in Northeast Brazil : notes on confluence 361
Ch. 17 Managing Christian-Muslim relations in Africa 391
Ch. 18 Conversion, conquest, and the Qua Iboe mission 413
Ch. 19 Christianity, colonial rule, and ethnicity : the mission of the white fathers among the Dagara (Ghana/Burkina Faso) 441
Ch. 20 A "religious encounter" in Amedzofe : women and change through the twentieth century 471
Ch. 21 Anglicanism and Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh 489
Ch. 22 Chiefdoms, cantons, and contentious land : mapping out a mission field in twentieth-century colonial Cameroon 517
Ch. 23 Religion and healing in Hausaland 549
Ch. 24 "Listen while I read" : patriotic Christianity among the young Gikuyu 563
Ch. 25 The holy trinity, or the reduced Marx, Weber, Durkheim 595
Ch. 26 At the Baraza : socializing and intellectual practice at the Swahili coast 613
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