Fiona Vernal

in The Farmerfield Mission

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199843404
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950546 | DOI:

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The conclusion examines Farmerfield’s symbolism as a particular kind of nineteenth-century Christian space, where Africans engaged in novel religious, economic, residential experiments that provided their community a longevity and continuity uncommon for a mission station. Although it remained a mission in the twentieth century, Farmerfield resembled many other African communities in South Africa confronting the rising tide of land alienation and racism. In the post-apartheid, its former and newest cohort of residents are cognizant of what Farmerfield represents in this new epoch: Christianity without fundamentalism and sacrosanct legal access to land in a country where land reform was incapable of addressing landlessness for millions. The community looks inward to confront the immediate challenge of how to survive economically, to cultivate forms of cooperation, self-reliance, leadership, and allegiance to Farmerfield among the younger generation to ensure the survival of the farm as a Christian space and a viable economic community.

Keywords: Daniel Matini; Florence Matini; Christianity

Chapter.  3809 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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