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Positioning the Missionary: John Booth Good and the Confluence of Cultures in Nineteenth-Century British Columbia (Hardback)

Brett Christophers

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ISBN 10: 0774806540 / ISBN 13: 9780774806541
Edité par University of British Columbia Press, Canada, 2002
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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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

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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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In the cramped confines of the Fraser Canyon, the Nlha7kapmx people’s encounter with Europeans began when Simon Fraser passed through their territory in 1808. By the time British Columbia entered into Confederation in 1871, disease and the sudden influx of thousands of miners in search of gold had exacted a heavy toll, and a pattern of European settlement and expropriation of Native land had been established.

In Positioning the Missionary, Brett Christophers explores the place of missionaries in histories of colonialism, focusing on John Booth Good, Anglican missionary to the Nlha7kapmx from 1867 to 1883. Christophers examines the genesis of Good’s mission and the question of why the Nlha7kapmx were interested in Christianity. He goes on to discuss Good’s methods and impact on the Nlha7kapmx as well as their influence on his own beliefs and prejudices, and to position missionaries in terms of representations of Natives, views on Native-European contact, and the politics of the Native land question.

The concluding chapter examines Good’s role in Nlha7kapmx dealings, first with the colonial authorities and later with provincial and federal governments.

Drawing on a diverse range of sources, from local ethnographic accounts to current postcolonial theories, Christophers uses Good’s experience to offer fresh perspectives on the nature of colonial representation and power. Positioning the Missionary is an important contribution to the scholarly reassessment of colonialism, valuable not only to historians and students of British Columbia but also to anyone interested in the disposession and marginalization of Native societies.

About the Author:

Brett Christophers studied in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. He now lives in London, England.

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