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Titre : Positioning the Missionary: John Booth Good ...
Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada
Date d'édition : 2002
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Positioning the Missionary examines Anglican missionary work in nineteenth-century British Columbia. Its chief protagonists are John Booth Good, an agent of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, and the Nlha7kapmx poeple of southwestern B.C. Asking why the Nkha7kapmx embraced Good, how he sought to evangelize and civilize them, and how they responded, it situates Good s mission at several scales: the local ethnographic literature; histories of contact and conflict in mainland B.C. from the early nineteenth century; the theology and sociology of mission; and the recent critical literature on European colonialism. Christophers rethinks mission work in the light of contemporary theories of colonial discourse and disciplinary power, and speculates about the interpretative potential of such concepts. In addition to Good s encounter with the Nlha7kapmx, Positioning the Missionary also refers to other colonial missions, identifying by turns the peculiarity of Good s experience and the ways in which it conforms to broader patterns of mission history. As a reflection on the ongoing politics of colonialism, this book discusses Good s contribution to the devastation of Nlha7kapmx culture and his duplicitous role in the appropriation of Nlha7kapmx lands. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774806541
Synopsis : "Positioning the Missionary" addresses the place of missionaries in histories of colonialism focusing on the encounter between John Booth Good, an Anglican, and the Nlaka'pamux of south-central British Columbia in the mid- to late-19th century. Neither a biography nor an insular study of a single mission, this book uses Good's experience to offer perspectives on the nature of colonial representation and power. The book opens with a discussion of the genesis of Good's mission, in which Brett Christophers asks why the Nlaka'pamux, who invited Good to live among them, were interested in Christianity. Then, before analyzing Good's methods and native responses, the author reflects on Good's background and on the forces that guided him. The main body of the book tackles a set of key questions: how did Good set about converting the Nlaka'pamux and changing the way they lived?; did they accept Christianity, poach it selectively or reject it en masse?; and in what ways did their relationship with Good influence their dealings with the colonial authorities and later with provincial and federal governments? Drawing on theories of gender, space and power, Christophers examines not only Good's impact on the Nlaka'pamux but also their effect on his own beliefs and prejudice.
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