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Pyrrhic Victories? French Catholic Missionaries, Modern Expertise, and Secularizing Technologies

Bertrand Taithe

in Sacred Aid

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916023
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950447 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.003.0007
Pyrrhic Victories? French Catholic Missionaries, Modern Expertise, and Secularizing Technologies

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This chapter studies the interventions of the French Catholics during the colonial and postcolonial era, which was a time where the humanitarian work of the missionaries was separated from the work done by colonial rulers. It examines the attention placed on the material conditions of missions and missionaries, and introduces the Protestant frame of reference. It then shows the efforts of the missionaries to gain the support of faith-based organizations (FBO). This chapter also explains how technical knowledge and faith could be combined when missionaries were involved in the challenge of keeping the boundaries of the religious and the secular clear, and how the demands of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) can prove overwhelming.

Keywords: French Catholics; humanitarian work; missionaries; material conditions; Protestant frame of reference; faith-based organizations; nongovernmental organizations

Chapter.  9401 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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