In this Book

University of California Press
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In Critical Christianity, Courtney Handman analyzes the complex and conflicting forms of sociality that Guhu-Samane Christians of rural Papua New Guinea privilege and celebrate as "the body of Christ." Within Guhu-Samane churches, processes of denominational schism—long relegated to the secular study of politics or identity—are moments of critique through which Christians constitute themselves and their social worlds. Far from being a practice of individualism, Protestantism offers local people ways to make social groups sacred units of critique. Bible translation, produced by members of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, is a crucial resource for these critical projects of religious formation. From early interaction with German Lutheran missionaries to engagements with the Summer Institute of Linguistics to the contemporary moment of conflict, Handman presents some of the many models of Christian sociality that are debated among Guhu-Samane Christians. Central to the study are Handman's rich analyses of the media through which this critical Christian sociality is practiced, including language, sound, bodily movement, and everyday objects. This original and thought-provoking book is essential reading for students and scholars of anthropology and religious studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-38
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  1. PART ONE. MISSIONS
  2. pp. 39-40
  1. Chapter 1. Sacred Speakers or Sacred Groups: The Colonial Lutheran Mission in New Guinea
  2. pp. 41-63
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  1. Chapter 2. Linguistic Locality and the Anti-Institutionalism of Evangelical Christianity: The Summer Institute of Linguistics
  2. pp. 64-89
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  1. Chapter 3. Translating Locality: The Ethno-Linguistics of Christian Critique
  2. pp. 90-120
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  1. PART TWO. CHRISTIAN VILLAGES
  2. pp. 121-122
  1. Chapter 4. Revival Villages: Experiments in Christian Social and Spatial Groups
  2. pp. 123-158
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  1. Chapter 5. The Surprise of Speech: Disorder, Violence, and Christian Language after the Men’s House
  2. pp. 159-188
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  1. PART THREE. DENOMINATIONS
  2. pp. 189-190
  1. Chapter 6. Events of Translation: Intertextuality and Denominationalist Change
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Chapter 7. Mediating Denominational Disputes: Land Claims and the Sound of Christian Critique
  2. pp. 215-243
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  1. Chapter 8. Kinship, Christianity, and Culture Critique: Learning to Be a Lost Tribe of Israel in Papua New Guinea
  2. pp. 244-274
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 275-284
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  1. References
  2. pp. 285-300
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 301-308
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520959514
Related ISBN
9780520283756
MARC Record
OCLC
966854639
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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