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Title: Conversion, continuity, and moral dilemmas among Christian Bidayuhs in Malaysian Borneo
Authors: Chua, L
Keywords: Anthropology of Christianity;Sarawak;Conversion;“Continuity thinking”;Morality;Ritual
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: American Anthropological Association
Citation: American Ethnologist, 39(3), 511 - 526, 2012
Abstract: The nascent anthropology of Christianity highlights rupture as central to conversion. Yet thick ethnography of a Bidayuh village in Malaysian Borneo reveals how conversion can also foster modes of thinking and speaking about continuity between Christianity and “the old ways.” Through a study of the shifting moral and religious topography of a community in which three churches coexist alongside a few elderly animist practitioners, I argue that such discourses and practices of continuity highlight the pluralistic and sometimes contradictory nature of Christianization. At the same time, they generate an understanding of conversion as a temporal and relational positioning that encompasses both converts and nonconverts.
Description: This is the author's final version of the article (under the title "Speaking of continuity... Religious change and moral dilemmas among Christian Bidayuhs in Malaysian Borneo"). The final publication is available from the link below. Copyright @ 2012 by the American Anthropological Association.
ISSN: 0094-0496
Appears in Collections:Anthropology
Dept of Social Sciences Media and Communications Research Papers

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