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Unbecoming individuals: The partible character of the Christian person

Mosko, Mark


According to the received wisdom in Melanesian ethnography and elsewhere, Christianity is "unrelentingly individualistic" (e.g., Robbins 2004: 293). In this chapter, drawing upon the notion of "dividual" or "partible personhood" of the New Melanesian Ethnography and implicit in the classic Van Gennepian model of rites of passage, I revisit Louis Dumont's, Kenelm Burridge's, and Max Weber's authoritative conceptualizations of Christian personhood. I seek to demonstrate that in the early...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory
DOI: 10.14318/hau5.1.017
Access Rights: Open Access


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