Restoring Dignity in Rural and Urban Madagascar: On How Religion Creates New Life-Stories (Bible and Theology in Africa 18)
By: Marianne Skjortnes (author)Hardback
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Christian churches across the world such as the Lutheran church in Madagascar have long been engaged in what we would today term development. The church has been deeply involved in humanitarian assistance and development work, especially in the areas of education and health. Restoring Dignity in Rural and Urban Madagascar analyzes this phenomenon and presents stories of human dignity in the lives of the people in this society, a society that survives in a context of vulnerability, both social and economic. The stories show how everyday life is lived despite unfulfilled needs and when decent living conditions are but a dream. The book is primarily concerned with a commitment to Christianity in a changing society and focuses on church members' experiences of the development work of the Lutheran church in their everyday lives. Christian faith and Christian values such as human dignity, ethics, and belonging represent added values to these people and express value systems that are tied to ethical reflection and moral action. For those who choose to participate in the church's development work and spiritual activity, therefore, new ethical standards and norms are created.
This approach challenges the traditional emphasis on cultural continuity thinking to explain the sudden change in values that people say that they have experienced. The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
Marianne Skjortnes is Professor in Social Anthropology at the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway. She has had extensive experience working with development issues in several African countries, particularly in Madagascar, where she has lived, taught, and researched for several decades. She has published widely in academic journals on cultural and social processes of change in Madagascar, on gender issues in a global context, and on development-related questions. She is currently involved in research on religion and development.
Contents: Introduction - A Life-Long Relationship - The Resurgence of Religion - The Setting - Bara Becoming Malagasy: A Story of Change in Southwestern Madagascar - Life Stories on Restoring Human Dignity - Urban Citizens in Search of a Living: A Story of Changes in and Around Antsirabe - Life Stories About Finding New Foundations - Restoring Dignity.
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