New PDF release: Negotiating Identity: Exploring Tensions between Being Hakka

By Ethan Christofferson

ISBN-10: 1610975030

ISBN-13: 9781610975032

Negotiating id addresses the missiological challenge of why the Hakka chinese language Christian group in Taiwan is so small regardless of evangelistic efforts there for greater than a hundred and forty years. Christofferson explores the tensions among being Hakka and being Christian in northwestern Taiwan and discusses what either Hakka non-Christians and Christians are doing and announcing within the context of those tensions. This ethnographic research makes use of the lens of social constructionism and accordingly bargains an instance of ways social technology scholarship may also help missionaries and different Christian staff to achieve major insights into the innovations, emotions, and activities of these dwelling of their ministry destinations. Of curiosity is Christofferson’s end that the missiological point of view which places a first-rate specialize in ministering to a “people workforce” is insufficient for explaining and interesting the complexities encountered in lots of ministry settings. He means that an wisdom of ways everyone is negotiating their identities may help Christian staff to higher comprehend and strategically interact humans in various ministry contexts in the course of the world.

“This e-book is theoretically subtle, empirically wealthy, and missiologically wise—an extraordinary contribution to modern missiology. this is often the one top missiological remedy of ethnic identification in courting to Christian conversion at the moment available.”
—Robert J. Priest, Professor of project, Anthropology, and overseas stories, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Christofferson’s Negotiating id is an important contribution to the exploration of the advanced fact of human id because it pertains to project thought and perform. Contextually grounded in northwestern Taiwan, Christofferson’s learn deals insights to undertaking students and practitioners in different settings.”
—Tite Tiénou, Dean and Professor of Theology of challenge, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Negotiating identification is a treasure for any missionary looking to comprehend the nuances of a fancy tradition. His findings express ethnic identities are frequently extra diverse than occasionally notion, and he has courageously performed the missionary group an outstanding carrier through stating the boundaries of the homogeneous unit precept. This learn is very urged for any missionary fascinated with knowing the folk to whom he seeks to minister.”
—Joel Nordtvedt, Missionary to Hakkas in Taiwan for twenty years.

“Focusing at the Hakkas in northwest Taiwan, Christofferson unearths the normal ‘people workforce’ lens inadequate to appreciate the tensions of being Hakka and being Christian. via interviews with thirty-six cultural informants, Christofferson identifies the fixity and fluidity of ways Hakkas imagine and act. This examine successfully strikes past a static realizing of ethnicity to, within the end, offering insights and proposals for ministry in a globalizing international of hybrid ethnic identities.”
—Richard R. cook dinner, affiliate Professor of Church historical past and Missions, trademarks Evangelical Seminary

Ethan Christofferson is a cross-cultural missionary operating one of the Hakka chinese language in Taiwan, a ministry he has been considering considering the fact that 1990. He has a PhD in intercultural experiences from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

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