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- DescriptionChristian churches across the world such as the Lutheran church in Madagascar have long been engaged in what we would today term development. The church has been deeply involved in humanitarian assistance and development work, especially in the areas of education and health. Restoring Dignity in Rural and Urban Madagascar analyzes this phemen and presents stories of human dignity in the lives of the people in this society, a society that survives in a context of vulnerability, both social and ecomic. The stories show how everyday life is lived despite unfulfilled needs and when decent living conditions are but a dream. The book is primarily concerned with a commitment to Christianity in a changing society and focuses on church members' experiences of the development work of the Lutheran church in their everyday lives. Christian faith and Christian values such as human dignity, ethics, and belonging represent added values to these people and express value systems that are tied to ethical reflection and moral action. For those who choose to participate in the church's development work and spiritual activity, therefore, new ethical standards and rms are created. This approach challenges the traditional emphasis on cultural continuity thinking to explain the sudden change in values that people say that they have experienced. The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
- Author BiographyMarianne Skjortnes is Professor in Social Anthropology at the School of Mission and Theology in Stavanger, Norway. She has had extensive experience working with development issues in several African countries, particularly in Madagascar, where she has lived, taught, and researched for several decades. She has published widely in academic journals on cultural and social processes of change in Madagascar, on gender issues in a global context, and on development-related questions. She is currently involved in research on religion and development.
- Author(s)Marianne Skjortnes
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication28/05/2014
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Series TitleBible and Theology in Africa
- Series Part/Volume Number18
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published2014
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Weight400 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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