A Mission Divided: Race, Culture & Colonialism in Fiji's Methodist Mission

Close-Barry, Kirstie (2015) A Mission Divided: Race, Culture & Colonialism in Fiji's Methodist Mission. Australian National University Press, Acton ACT. ISBN 9781925022858

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Abstract

This book provides insight into the long process of decolonisation within the Methodist Overseas Missions of Australasia, a colonial institution that operated in the British colony of Fiji. The mission was a site of work for Europeans, Fijians and Indo-Fijians, but each community operated separately, as the mission was divided along ethnic lines in 1901. This book outlines the colonial concepts of race and culture, as well as antagonism over land and labour, that were used to justify this separation. Recounting the stories told by the mission’s leadership, including missionaries and ministers, to its grassroots membership, this book draws on archival and ethnographic research to reveal the emergence of ethno-nationalisms in Fiji, the legacies of which are still being managed in the post-colonial state today.

Item Type: Book
Field of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210313 Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori)
Research Collaboration Area: Other
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 03:13
Last Modified: 22 Jan 2016 03:13
URI: http://eprints.batchelor.edu.au/id/eprint/487

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