Negotiating identity : exploring tensions between being Hakka and being Christian in northwestern Taiwan /
Ethan J. Christofferson.
Eugene, Or. : Pickwick Publications, c2012.
xvi, 316 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
1610975030, 9781610975032
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Eugene, Or. : Pickwick Publications, c2012.
contents note
Research problem -- Precedent literature -- Research methodology -- Being Hakka in northwestern Taiwan -- Non-Christian Hakkas in northwestern Taiwan and being Christian -- Christian Hakkas in northwestern Taiwan in the context of negative categorizations of being Christian -- Summary, implications, and recommendations -- Appendix 1. Interview questions -- Appendix 2. Three-memorials ceremony (Zhuisisanli).
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 293-302) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ethan J. Christofferson is a cross-cultural missionary working among the Hakka Chinese in Taiwan, a ministry he has been involved in since 1990. He has a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Main Description
Negotiating Identity addresses the missiological problem of why the Hakka Chinese Christian community in Taiwan is so small despite evangelistic efforts there for more than 140 years. Christofferson explores the tensions between being Hakka and being Christian in northwestern Taiwan and discusses what both Hakka non-Christians and Christians are doing and saying in the context of these tensions. This ethnographic study uses the lens of social constructionism and consequently offers an example of how social science scholarship can help missionaries and other Christian workers to gain significant insights into the thoughts, feelings, and actions of those living in their ministry locations. Of interest is Christofferson's conclusion that the missiological perspective which puts a primary focus on ministering to a people group is inadequate for explaining and engaging the complexities encountered in many ministry settings. He suggests that an awareness of the way people are negotiating their identities can help Christian workers to better understand and strategically engage people in a variety of ministry contexts throughout the world.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. xiii
Research Problemp. 1
Precedent Literaturep. 13
Research Methodologyp. 96
Being Hakka in Northwestern Taiwanp. 110
Non-Christian Hakkas in Northwestern Taiwan and Being Christianp. 179
Christian Hakkas in Northwestern Taiwan in the Context of Negative Categorizations of Being Christianp. 214
Summary, Implications, and Recommendationsp. 265
Interview Questionsp. 287
Three-Memorials Ceremonyp. 291
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 303
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