Creating an Indigenous Christian leadership in Papua

Wetherell, David 2012, Creating an Indigenous Christian leadership in Papua, Journal of Pacific history, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 163-185, doi: 10.1080/00223344.2012.684767.

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Title Creating an Indigenous Christian leadership in Papua
Author(s) Wetherell, David
Journal name Journal of Pacific history
Volume number 47
Issue number 2
Start page 163
End page 185
Total pages 23
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 0022-3344
Keyword(s) Christianity
Summary In eastern Papua, Christian missionaries found a social structure unparalleled in most areas of religious expansion in the world: it apparently lacked chiefs and any identifiable leadership. Nearly all the Massim societies of eastern Papua were matrilineal, and land was passed through females. Here, women enjoyed a higher status than elsewhere in what is now Papua New Guinea. By drawing on the records of missionary agents, both European and Polynesian, this paper shows how the Methodist, Anglican and Kwato (London Missionary Society) missions in eastern Papua all encountered difficulty in fostering a cadre of male leaders, but — as became evident after World War II — they experienced greater success in fostering women's leadership.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00223344.2012.684767
Field of Research 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Taylor & Francis
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