OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008

ISBN : 9780199843404

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Author: 
Fiona Vernal
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
163 x 237 mm
Pub date
Sep 2012
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The Farmerfield Mission explores the history of a residential Christian community in South Africa established for Africans in 1838 by Methodist missionaries, destroyed in 1962 by the apartheid government when it was zoned as an exclusive area for white occupation, and returned to the descendants of the community under South Africa's land reform program in 1999. As a farm, a residential site, a Christian community on a violent frontier, and a "black spot" in a white area during the apartheid era, the history of the Farmerfield mission links the broad narratives of colonialism and Christian evangelism with the case study of a particular African Christian community. The genesis and evolution of Farmerfield over its 124-year history provide a distinct lens through which to view broader nineteenth and twentieth century debates about the African vernacularization of Christianity and assimilation of European cultural norms.

Index: 

Prologue
Introduction
Part One
Chapter One: Genealogies: The Evangelical Revival and Pioneer Mission Work in the Cape Colony, 1799-1834
Chapter Two: Pioneer Models of Methodist Missionary Enterprise: The Chain of Stations
Chapter Three: Bringing the Chain of Missions Back to the Eastern Cape: A Novel Turn in Methodist Missions
Part Two
Chapter Four: "A Select Class of Natives:" Economic and Social Visions of the First Fifty Years of Farmerfield
Chapter Five: "Incipient Civilization," and "Nominal Christianity:" Calibrating African Christianity at Farmerfield
Chapter Six: The Review of 1884: Farmerfield at a Crossroad
Part Three
Chapter Seven: Revamping the Mission: Reincarnations of Farmerfield, 1884-1962, 313
Chapter Eight: Becoming a Black Spot: The Removal of 1962
Chapter Nine: Reclaiming and Resettling Farmerfield
Conclusion
Notes
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Assistant Professor of History, University of Connecticut

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