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Civilizing missions : international religious agencies in China
AuthorHirono Miwa 廣野美和
Pub. LocationNew YorkPublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Date2008Phys. Desc.pdf [xvi, 262 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBV3415.2.H57 2008
Civilizing missions : international religious agencies in China / Miwa Hirono.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-254) and index.

Introduction: Christian "civilizing missions" of the past and present -- Theory and history -- "Civilizing missions" and ethnic communities in China -- The Chinese state as a civilizer of ethnic minorities : civilization and religion in Chinese history -- Evangelism and its unintended consequences : Christian missionaries in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries -- Contemporary "civilizing missions"? -- Christian evangelism in a Tibetan Buddhism community : the Jian Hua Foundation -- Presence evangelism : the Salvation Army -- Secular use of local religion : Oxfam Hong Kong.

"Since the early 1990s, China has witnessed an influx of international NGOs, many of which have Christianity as their foundation. The presence of international Christian agencies in China, however, is not new. Christian missionaries went to China in the age of imperialism. Historians argue the work of missionaries was inextricably linked to the idea of a 'civilizing mission'. This book critically assesses the idea of a Christian 'civilizing mission' over time, and explores the relevance of the idea to the contemporary context. By examining the non-Han people's perception of international Christian agencies, this book advocates the importance of engagement through in-depth dialogue between international Christian NGOs and ethnic communities."--Jacket.

Local access dig.pdf. [Hirono-Civilizing Missions.pdf]

Subject(s)Missions--China
Missions--Theory
Missionaries--China--19th-20th centuries
Evangelistic work--China--History--19th-20th centuries
Religion and sociology--China
SeriesCulture and religion in international relations
Rec. TypeDigital Book (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryEdition1st ed.Rec. #19531
ISBN0230608973 ; 9780230608979LCCN2008015900OCLC225852357