Missionary zeal and institutional control : organizational contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917 /

This book is about the Basel Mission in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) before the First World War. Miller reconstructs the backgrounds and motivations of the mission's participants and describes the organizational structure that shaped their activities at home and abroad. He then traces some seriou...

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Main Author: Miller, Jon, 1940-
Format: eBook
Published: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, [2003]
Series:Studies in the history of Christian missions.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; Series Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Evangelical Missions and Social Change; Overview of the Investigation; The Participants; Enthusiasm and Discipline; Contradictions; Persistence; Historical and Cultural Context; Origins of the Basel Mission; Organizational Trouble; The Lasting Impact of the Mission; Connections; 2. The Participants; Class Collaboration for the Sake of Religion; The Membership; The Leadership; Origins of the Rank and File; Upward Mobility; Marriage and Social Mobility; Consolidation of Gains.
  • Children of the Early MissionariesGrandchildren of the Early Missionaries; The Children of the Prewar Cohort; Elective Affinities and Social Change; Elite Interests; Rank-and-File Gains; Unintended Consequences; 3. Authority and Discipline; Building a Structure; Inherited Charisma and Pious Emotional Attachment; Status Privilege and the Weight of Tradition; Bureaucratic Obligations and Legal-Contractual Ties; Social Control: Supervision and Surveillance; Confession and Hierarchical Oversight; Mutual Watching; The Hermeneutics of Freedom and Control; Conclusion.
  • 4. Contradictions and Their ConsequencesThe Relationship between Creativity and Deviance; Andreas Riis; Simon Süss; Johannes Zimmermann; Strategic Deviance in Perspective: Uncertainty, Charisma, and Nonconformity; Surveillance and the Erosion of Solidarity; Johannes Henke; Friedrich Schiedt; 5. Accounting for Organizational Persistence; Institutionalized Contradictions; Ordnung Muss Sein! Fulfilling the Law of Christ; Accountability and the Freedom to Obey
  • Commonalities with Other Organizations; Conclusion; Missions and the Social Order; Class Collaboration.
  • Social Mobility and Change in the Class StructureWomen and Men in the Missionary Movement; The Convergence (or Divergence) of Organizational Forms; Consensus, Conflict, and Change; Missions as Agents of Change and Resistance in the Colonial World; Afterword: The Basel Mission, the Presbyterian Church, and Ghana since 1918; Narrative Summary: The Basel Mission and Ghana, 1914-1999; The Influence of Nineteenth-Century Basel Mission Forms of Organization since 1918; Change in the Post-1918 Basel Mission in Europe; Conclusion; Methodological Appendix; Archival Sources; A Note on Research Strategy.