Christian Politics in Oceania

Christian Politics in Oceania



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Christian Politics in Oceania by Matt Tomlinson

The phrase “Christian politics” evokes two meanings: political relations between denominations in one direction, and the contributions of Christian churches to debates about the governing of society. The contributors to this volume address Christian politics in both senses and argue that Christianity is always and inevitably political in the Pacific Islands. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji, the authors argue that Christianity and politics have redefined each other in much of Oceania in ways that make the two categories inseparable at any level of analysis. The individual chapters vividly illuminate the ways in which Christian politics operate across a wide scale, from interpersonal relations to national and global interconnections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780857457462
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Matt Tomlinson is currently an ARC Future Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific.

Debra McDougall is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia.

Table of Contents




Notes on Contributors

Chapter 1. Christian Politics in Oceania

Matt Tomlinson and Debra McDougall

Chapter 2. Mediating Denominational Disputes: Land Claims and the Sound of Christian Critique in the Waria Valley, Papua New Guinea

Courtney Handman

Chapter 3. “Heaven on Earth” or Satan’s “Base” in the Pacific?: Internal Christian Politics in the Dialogic Construction of the Makiran Underground Army

Michael W. Scott

Chapter 4. The Generation of the Now: Denominational Politics in Fijian Christianity

Matt Tomlinson

Chapter 5. Christian Politics in Vanuatu: Lay Priests and New State Forms

Annelin Eriksen

Chapter 6. Evangelical Public Culture: Making Stranger-Citizens in Solomon Islands

Debra McDougall

Chapter 7. Anthropology and the Politics of Christianity in Papua New Guinea

John Barker

Chapter 8. Chiefs, Church and State in Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands

Geoffrey White

Chapter 9. Why is There No Political Theology among the Urapmin?: On Diarchy, Sects as Big as Society, and the Diversity of Pentecostal Politics

Joel Robbins

Chapter 10. Afterword: Reflections on Political Theology in the Pacific

Webb Keane



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