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History Great Britain

The Fixed and the Fickle

Religion and Identity in New Zealand

by (author) Hans Mol

Publisher
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2006
Category
Great Britain, Ethnic & Tribal, Australia & New Zealand
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780889206779
    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
    List Price
    $32.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554585557
    Publish Date
    Jan 2006
    List Price
    $32.95

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This volume describes the effect of religion on the identity of the native Maoris and Pakehas (white settlers in New Zealand. The description is woven around the idea that the fixed (identity) is constantly "unglued" by the fickle (change). The Maori charismatic movements are seen as attempts to absorb the devastating effects of Pakeha incursion into a viable system of meaning. Yet the white white settlers, too, had to tame the discontinuities with the past and the ravages of cultural change. Religion is seen to be at the forefront of the struggle to defend and reinforce the boundaries around the variety of identities.

In presenting his thesis, the author has brought together a wide range of information—other anthropological and sociological studies, historical accounts, official statements, and religious census data. The volume will be of interest to students of sociology, anthropology, and religion.

About the author

Hans J. Mol holds the Ph.D. degree in sociology from Columbia University, New York. He has held academic positions in New Zealand and Australia and is now professor in the Religious Studies Department of McMaster University. His best–known books are Religion in Australia, Western Religion, and Identity and the Sacred.

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