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Missionary Zeal and Institutional Control : Organizational Contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917 :  Organizational Contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917 - Jon Miller

Missionary Zeal and Institutional Control : Organizational Contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917

Organizational Contradictions in the Basel Mission on the Gold Coast, 1828-1917

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Foreword by Richard V. PierardAfterword by Paul JenkinsIn the historical literature on mission, this book stands out for its detailed examination of the organizational dynamics that gave shape -- andbrought enduring success -- to the Evangelical Missionary Society at Basel.A first-rate account of the early Basel Mission on the Gold Coast of WestAfrica (present-day Ghana), this volume takes readers inside the missionitself, revealing its dynamic, though sometimes contradictory, methodsof motivation and discipline and how they impacted effective evangelismboth at home and abroad. Working from archival records, Jon Millerdetails the collaboration across class lines that made the mission possible, and he shows how basic pietist beliefs about authority and obediencewere the source of both the mission's strengths and its most serious internal weaknesses. Also included are two dozen photographs, a foreword byRichard V. Pierard, and an afterword by Paul Jenkins.

"A compelling account of social class dynamics within a missionary organization."

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Evangelical Missions and Social Changep. 1
Overview of the Investigationp. 7
The Participantsp. 7
Enthusiasm and Disciplinep. 8
Contradictionsp. 9
Persistencep. 10
Historical and Cultural Contextp. 11
Origins of the Basel Missionp. 13
Organizational Troublep. 18
The Lasting Impact of the Missionp. 25
Connectionsp. 32
The Participantsp. 35
Class Collaboration for the Sake of Religionp. 35
The Membershipp. 37
The Leadershipp. 38
Origins of the Rank and Filep. 45
Upward Mobilityp. 54
Marriage and Social Mobilityp. 60
Consolidation of Gainsp. 66
Children of the Early Missionariesp. 67
Grandchildren of the Early Missionariesp. 69
The Children of the Prewar Cohortp. 70
Elective Affinities and Social Changep. 72
Elite Interestsp. 72
Rank-and-File Gainsp. 74
Unintended Consequencesp. 76
Authority and Disciplinep. 81
Building a Structurep. 86
Inherited Charisma and Pious Emotional Attachmentp. 91
Status Privilege and the Weight of Traditionp. 96
Bureaucratic Obligations and Legal-Contractual Tiesp. 102
Social Control: Supervision and Surveillancep. 109
Confession and Hierarchical Oversightp. 110
Mutual Watchingp. 110
The Hermeneutics of Freedom and Controlp. 115
Conclusionp. 120
Contradictions and Their Consequencesp. 123
The Relationship between Creativity and Deviancep. 124
Andreas Riisp. 129
Simon Sussp. 136
Johannes Zimmermannp. 141
Strategic Deviance in Perspective: Uncertainty, Charisma, and Nonconformityp. 151
Surveillance and the Erosion of Solidarityp. 154
Johannes Henkep. 155
Friedrich Schiedtp. 156
Accounting for Organizational Persistencep. 161
Institutionalized Contradictionsp. 162
Ordnung Muss Sein! Fulfilling the Law of Christp. 168
Accountability and the "Freedom to Obey"p. 173
Commonalities with Other Organizationsp. 178
Conclusionp. 183
Missions and the Social Orderp. 185
Class Collaborationp. 185
Social Mobility and Change in the Class Structurep. 186
Women and Men in the Missionary Movementp. 187
The Convergence (or Divergence) of Organizational Formsp. 189
Consensus, Conflict, and Changep. 190
Missions as Agents of Change and Resistance in the Colonial Worldp. 191
Afterword: The Basel Mission, the Presbyterian Church, and Ghana since 1918p. 195
Narrative Summary: The Basel Mission and Ghana, 1914-1999p. 200
The Influence of Nineteenth-Century Basel Mission Forms of Organization since 1918p. 209
Change in the Post-1918 Basel Mission in Europep. 218
Conclusionp. 221
Methodological Appendixp. 223
Archival Sourcesp. 223
A Note on Research Strategyp. 227
Bibliographyp. 231
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780802860859
ISBN-10: 0802860850
Series: Studies in the History of Christian Missions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: February 2003
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43