Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea (The Anthropology of Christianity #16)
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Praise For Critical Christianity: Translation and Denominational Conflict in Papua New Guinea (The Anthropology of Christianity #16)…
— L. Lindstrom
"Courtney Handman’s Critical Christianity...display[s] some of the best work being done right now in the anthropology of Christianity."
— Marginalia, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Critical Christianity deserves to be read widely beyond its immediate audience of scholars of language, Christianity, and Melanesia for the way it both opens up, and begins to answer, fresh questions about critique and sociality, translation and ritual semiosis, and intersections between anthropology and theology."
"Handman provides an important new perspective on how Christianity might be considered not merely the object of critique but also a space for and means of social and cultural critique."
— American Anthropologist
"The anthropology of Christianity has transitioned from attempts to establish its place in the discipline to a field of study with its own internal debates and contending points of view, and Handman’s Critical Christianity is an ambitious entry into this arena that tackles schismatic conflict...The result is demanding and rewarding, offering a mix of ethnography and argument on nearly every page."
— Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"Handman’s book is ethnographically very rich and also theoretically well informed. Through clear and lucid prose, she tactfully weaves together various strands of linguistic, anthropological, and historical analyses to form a variegated and complex account of Guhu-Samane Christianity that is both faithful to the lived reality of the people and a substantial contribution to the anthropological literature on Christianity in Melanesia."
— American Ethnologist
"The genius of this book is the way the author weaves anthropological theory, ethnographic description, mission history, and theological awareness to help readers understand the sociolinguistic complexities that contribute to the development of a contemporary church in Papua New Guinea . . . [a] cogent, well written, and argued ethnography."
University of California Press, 9780520283763, 328pp.
Publication Date: November 26, 2014