A New Order of Time

Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI:
A New Order of Time

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New definitions of cultural citizenship within the nation have tied the increasing penetration of the state to evangelical activity. Conversion to a world religion has become a prerequisite for participation in the wider world of government, schools, and trade. Although the history of missionary efforts on the island began in the nineteenth century with an ill-fated Catholic outpost, their success came largely after other important social changes took place that made the new faith attractive. The triumph of Christianity in Kodi is in fact linked to the appeal of a progressive model of time, a view of “history” as a global and linear framework for comprehending the evolution of man and society. Instead of defining themselves in relation to a distant past of origins, and a cumulative accumulation of traditional value, Kodinese started to frame their actions and expectations in terms of a model of future progress and achievement.

Keywords: citizenship; religion; Christianity; Kodi; history; evolution; man; society; value; actions

Chapter.  13903 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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