Localising Christianity: Negotiating Dominant Discourses in Transnational Spaces

M.J. Kruithof

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Dutch missionaries active in nineteenth century Java (in the former Dutch Indies) found themselves in an exceptional position, namely on the borders between their own, the colonial, and local cultures. This gave them a unique perspective on a range of processes in the colony, but it also made their proselytizing task that much harder. They felt restricted by cultural barriers and constantly had to negotiate with all sides involved. This paper shows how both the missionaries and Javanese Christians negotiated in the transnational space in their attempt to intersect the Christian with the Javanese identity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)9-29
Number of pages20
JournalSocial Scienes and Missions
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2017


  • stratégies discursives
  • discursive strategies
  • reading against the grain
  • agencéité javanaise
  • transnational space
  • espace transnational
  • lecture à contre-courant
  • localisation du christianisme
  • localization of Christianity
  • Javanese agency


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