Cultural expressions of Christianity show great diversity around the globe. While scholarship has tended to consider charismatic practices in distinct geographical contexts, this volume advances the anthropology of Christianity through ethnographically rich, comparative insights from across the Australia-Pacific region. Christianity, Conflict, and Renewal in Australia and the Pacific presents new perspectives on the performative dynamics of Christian belief, conflict, and renewal. Addressing experiences of cultural and spiritual renewal, contributors reveal how tensions can arise between spiritual and political expressions of culture and identity, opening up alternative spaces for spiritual realization and religious change. These local processes further mobilize responses of individuals and groups to state forces and political reforms, in turn, influencing the shape of translocal and transnational Christian practices.
Contributors are: Diane Austin-Broos, John Barker, Alison Dundon, Yannick Fer, Kirsty Gillespie, Jessica Hardin, Rodolfo Maggio, Fiona Magowan, Gwendoline Malogne-Fer, Debra McDougall, Joel Robbins, Carolyn Schwarz, and John Taylor.
Fiona Magowan is Professor of Anthropology at Queen’s University. She has published widely on Aboriginal Christianity, music, emotion and ritual. Her books include Performing Gender, Place and Emotion: Global Perspectives (2013 ed. with L. Wrazen) and Melodies of Mourning (2007).
Carolyn Schwarz is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Goucher College. She has published articles on wellbeing, Aboriginal identity, and religion and is the co-editor of a special issue of The Australian Journal of Anthropology (2010) on Christianity in Aboriginal Australia.
"This ambitious, timely volume brings together thirteen leading and emerging scholars of the anthropology of Christianity in the Australia-Pacific region. [...] Individual chapters offer intriguing ethnographic case studies that convincingly demonstrate the significance of placing any debates on renewal projects in broader, local, regional, global, religious, social, economic, and political developments, practices and narratives." - Stephanie Hobbis, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada, in: Pacific Affairs Volume 90, No. 4
This book will be key reading for professional scholars in Anthropology, Religious Studies, Ethnomusicology, Theology, Missions and Social Sciences, as well as for undergraduate and postgraduate students in related disciplines.