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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

The Christianity of Culture

Conversion, Ethnic Citizenship, and the Matter of Religion in Malaysian Borneo

Authors: Chua, L.

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In this richly contextualized study, Liana Chua explores how a largely Christian Bidayuh community has been reconfiguring its relationship to its old animist rituals through the trope and politics of "culture." Placing her ethnography in dialogue with developments in the nascent anthropology of Christianity, Chua argues that such efforts at "continuity speaking" are the product not only of Malaysian cultural politics, but also of conversion and Christianity itself. This book invites scholars to rethink the nature and scope of conversion, as well as the multifarious, yet distinctive, forms that Christianity can take.

About the authors

Liana Chuais a lecturer in Anthropology at Brunel University.

Reviews

"An excellent portrait of a mode of Christianity as minoritization and flight from state attempts to fix identity, ethnicity, and culture.This book is well worth attending to even for those working outside of either Christianity or Southeast Asia as a region." - Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

'The task Liana Chua sets herself in this carefully argued and ethnographically rich study is that of giving and account of Benuk religion and culture that does justice to all of these aspects (and more) of the life of the village . . . Full of careful arguments, and open-ended in its commitment to honoring the complexity of the world, it is a book anthropologists interested in any topic it covers will find they can read with great profit.' - Anthropology News


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Chua, Liana

    Pages 1-29

  • Looking Like a Culture: Moden-ity and Multiculturalism in a Malaysian Village

    Chua, Liana

    Pages 33-55

  • Following the Rice Year: Adat Gawai, Past and Present

    Chua, Liana

    Pages 57-79

  • The Making of a “Not Yet Pure Christian” Village

    Chua, Liana

    Pages 81-105

  • Why Bidayuhs Don’t Want to Become Muslim: Ethnicity, Christianity, and the Politics of Religion

    Chua, Liana

    Pages 109-128

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Christianity of Culture
Book Subtitle
Conversion, Ethnic Citizenship, and the Matter of Religion in Malaysian Borneo
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01272-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137012722
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-12046-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-29870-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 258
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