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The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa
Anglicans and Africans in Colonial Kenya, 1875–1935
The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa
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Robert W. Strayer - Author
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Hardcover - 174 pages
Release Date: June 1976
ISBN10: 0-87395-245-6
ISBN13: 978-0-87395-245-3

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Summary

The Making of Mission Communities in East Africa calls into question a number of common assumptions about the encounter between European missionaries and African societies in colonial Kenya.

The book explores the origins of those communities associated with the Anglican Church Missionary Society from 1875 to 1935, examines the development within them of a “mission culture,” probes their internal conflicts and tensions, and details their relationship to the larger colonial society.

Professor Strayer argues that genuinely religious issues were important in the formation of these communities, that missionaries were ambivalent in their attitudes toward modernizing change and the colonial state alike, and that mission communities possessed substantial attractions even in the face of competition with independent churches.

Dr. John Lonsdale of Trinity College, Cambridge has said that “It is a sensitive piece of revisionist history which breaks down the simple dichotomy of ‘missions’ and ‘Africans’ commonly found in earlier historiographies—and even in the period of profound crisis over female circumcision in Kikuyuland. In this, Professor Strayer shows convincingly how mission communities could be preserved from destruction by principled divisions between Africans as much as between their white missionaries. He has pursued themes rather than events and has therefore been able to make remarkably intimate observations of mission communities which were following their own internal patterns of growth, yet within the context of a deepening situation of colonial dependence.

“Professor Strayer’s work deserves an influential position all the more by virtue of its restrained, economical and sometimes epigrammatic style. He has a gift for summarizing an argument or a situation in a phrase which illuminates without over-simplifying.”

Robert W. Strayer’s background includes graduate training at the University of Wisconsin, two years teaching in Ethiopia, and research in both Kenya and England. Currently he is teaching African, imperial and world history at the State University College, Brockport, New York. His previous publications include a high school text, Kenya: Focus on Nationalism (Prentice-Hall, 1975) as well as numerous scholarly articles, papers and book reviews. His most recent article was “Mission History in Africa: New Perspectives on an Encounter,” African Studies Review (April, 1976).



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Table of Contents

Acknowlegments

Abbreviations

I. INTRODUCTIONS

Mission Historiography
African Settings
Missionary Backgrounds
The Legacy of the Pioneers

II. BOMBAY AFRICANS AND FREED SLAVES: A MISSIONARY PRELUDE TO COLONIAL RULE, 1875-1900

A Proto-Colonial Society
Educating Freed Slaves
Protest of the 'Agents'

III. THE DYNAMICS OF MISSION EXPANSIONS, 1875-1914

The Expansion of the Missionary Frontier
Runaway Slaves and the Company: The Politics of Missions Expansion in Giriamaland
The Scramble for Kikuyuland

IV. THE MAKING OF MISSION COMMUNITIES

The Pre-Colonial Encounter
Colonial Pressure and the Growth of Mission Communities
From Mission Community to African Church

V. THE MAKING OF MISSION CULTURE

Missions and African Culture
Missions and Western Culture

VI. MISSION COMMUNITIES AND COLONIAL SOCIETY

Missionaries, Settlers, and the Colonial State
The Politics of Education

VII. THE CHALLENGE OF AFRICAN POLITICS

Rebels and Chiefs
Mission and Thuku
The CMS and the KCA

VIII. THE CMS AND FEMALE CURCUMCISION, written in conjunction with Dr. Jocelyn Murray

The Development of a Cultural Crisis
The Making of a Cultural Policy
The CMS and the Independents

IV. CONCLUSION: CONFLICT AND COHESION IN MISSION COMMUNITIES

Bibliography

Index



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