The key theme addressed by all the contributors to this book is the relationship between South Africa's indigenous churches (AICs) to modernity. The key question asked by each of the contributors is to what extent, if any, do AICs serve...
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The key theme addressed by all the contributors to this book is the relationship between South Africa's indigenous churches (AICs) to modernity. The key question asked by each of the contributors is to what extent, if any, do AICs serve as bridges to tradition or as facilitators for modernizing practices? Although the researchers do not agree on the answer to this question--some argue for the return to tradition, others argue for the facilitation perspective--they do provide provocative and timely insights for prospective researchers interested in exploring concepts and methodologies for understanding modernity and modernization. Based on a number of case studies of AICs in South Africa, this book will also be of great interest to scholars of comparative religion and the role churches play in negotiating the complex terrains of politics, society, and economy in this era of globalization.
Robert Garner is a Briton who has set up a Christian nongovernment organization promoting integrated development and equality of opportunity for impoverished children in southern Africa Jim Kiernan is currently a professor in the School of Community Development and Adult Education at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa, and an emeritus professor of social anthropology at the same university Lawrencia Kwark is a Korean with considerable experience of various international religious and research nongovernmental organizations, including the Korean Network for the United Nations Conference on Human Rights of South Korea, the International Movement of Catholic Students, and the Centre L-J. Lebret. Currently working as a project officer for Latin America and Asia with the Comite Catholique contre la Faim et pour le Developpement, she is completing a Ph.D. in sociology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France Dawid Venter is a South African who has taught sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and at University of the Western Cape in South Africa. A Currently a research associate in the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa
- Introduction By Dawid Venter A Conceptual Perspective Concepts And Theories In The Study Of African Independent Churches By Dawid Venter African Independent Churches And Modernity By Jim Kiernan A Community Perspective Combining Ehtnographic And Survey Methods For A Local Comparative Study Of African Independent Churches By Robert Garner African Independent Churches And Economic Development In Edendale By Robert Garner A National Perspective A Methodology For A National And Comparative Study Of African Independent Churches By Lawrencia Kwark Reinvention Of Tradition In African Independent Churches As Means Of Engaging Modernity By Lawrencia Kwark A Global Perspective Methodological Issues Of Applying A World System To A Literature Study Of African Independent Churches By Dawid Venter Globalization And The Cultural Effects Of The World Economy In A Semiperiphery: The Emergence Of Zionist Churches In The Transkei By Dawid Venter Epilogue The Future Of The African Independent Churches Movement By Robert Garner Glossary Index About The Contributors