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A place for harmonious difference : Christianity and the mediation of Minahasan identity in the North Sulawesi public
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|Title:||A place for harmonious difference : Christianity and the mediation of Minahasan identity in the North Sulawesi public|
|Authors:||Swazey, Kelli Alicia|
|Issue Date:||May 2013|
|Publisher:||[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2013]|
|Abstract:||Christianity is a defining force in the mobilization and mediation of Minahasan identity in North Sulawesi. Focusing on how religions function as historically-bound systems of classification that provide a logic for the social construction of boundaries, I examine Christianity's role in defining local identity in Indonesia, and in relation to theories of selfhood that rely on concepts of place to define difference.|
In North Sulawesi, displays, performances and discourses circulate that address the historical alignment of Protestant Christianity with Minahasan identity and cultural practice, a convergence that cedes ownership of culture to only one portion of a diverse regional population. By documenting expressions, narrations, responses and explanations that constitute metacultural understandings about what defines the difference between religion and culture in Indonesia as nationally distinct categories, I investigate the project of promoting Minahasa as an ethnolocal identity with attention to how the management of religious diversity structures the way that minority religious groups seek to maintain a tie between religion and regional identity without openly impugning the Muslim majority. I argue that the process of questioning the relationship between culture and religion has opened a space for consocial forms of identity to become characteristics of categorical belonging inclusive of non-Christian populations in the region, demonstrating how the public circulation of metacultural discourses drives cultural change as part of social differentiation and representation in Indonesia.
As the newly-infused political viability of representations of tradition (adat) in a decentralizing Indonesia provide new alternatives for organizing under regional or "cultural" identity, Christian Minahasans debate the possibility of a culture without Christianity, potentially changing the parameters of belonging along with the definition of "local" culture's relationship to religion.
|Description:||Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013.|
Includes bibliographical references.
|Appears in Collections:||Ph.D. - Anthropology|
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