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Negotiating Identity

Exploring Tensions between Being Hakka and Being Christian in Northwestern Taiwan

American Society of Missiology Monograph Series

by Ethan Christofferson

Imprint: Pickwick Publications

334 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 0.63 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781610975032
  • Published: September 2012

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  • 9781621896265
  • Published: September 2012

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  • 9781498260992
  • Published: September 2012

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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.
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