On How Religion Creates New Life-stories
The book will be essential assigned reading in university courses in development studies, anthropology, and missiology.
This book revolves around three themes that constitute long-standing research interests for me: Madagascar, studies in social anthropology, and the role of the Christian religion.
Madagascar has been a large part of my life ever since I first arrived on the island as a three-year old. I grew up there, I have lived and worked there, and even while living in Norway Madagascar has been an important part of my life and my identity. Throughout my adult life I have worked on themes that either directly or indirectly are tied to Madagascar and the people there, or on questions that have been evoked by my encounters and experiences there.
I give a more detailed account of this in the first chapter of the book, which is really an attempt to sum up some of the aspects of my relationship with this fascinating island and the friendly people who live on it, and at the same time a wish to perhaps be able to give something in return – in the way that I am able – to all the people I have met, have worked with, and who have shown me friendship and trust.
Studies in social anthropology are based on ethnographic fieldwork as the most important source of knowledge about society and culture. Such studies are made possible by the people one encounters during fieldwork. Therefore, I would first and foremost like to thank all the inhabitants of the villages ← IX | X → Tsingilofilobe...
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