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dc.contributor.authorRobbins, Joelen
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-16T13:43:36Z
dc.date.available2017-01-16T13:43:36Z
dc.identifier.issn0168-9789
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/261879
dc.description.abstractThis article takes a sociocultural anthropological approach to conversion. It asks not about the causes of conversion, but about the kinds of cultural changes conversion produces and the mechanisms by which it brings about such changes. Drawing on the author's research among a recently converted group in Papua New Guinea and on other work produced by scholars working in the anthropology of Christianity, the article argues that Christianity is a culture of secondarity, designed to come after another culture that previously guided its converts. Moreover, Christian converts tend to engage their prior cultures not by completely rejecting them, but by evaluating their components critically in relation to new Christian values. This produces a duplex cultural formation that regularly fosters critical reflection and ongoing cultural change. This model of change is briefly distinguished from more common models of syncretism, suggesting a new understanding of the relationship between conversion and cultural change.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBrill
dc.subjectconversionen
dc.subjectcultureen
dc.subjectcultural changeen
dc.subjectanthropology of Christianityen
dc.subjectvaluesen
dc.subjectChristianity and cultureen
dc.subjectsecondarityen
dc.titleCan There Be Conversion Without Cultural Change?en
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage52
prism.issueIdentifier1en
prism.publicationNameMission Studiesen
prism.startingPage29
prism.volume34en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.7111
dcterms.dateAccepted2016-10-18en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1163/15733831-12341482en
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rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2016-10-18en
dc.identifier.eissn1573-3831
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
cam.issuedOnline2017-03-01en
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2019-03-01


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