Christian Missionizing and Social Transformation: A History of Conflict and Change in Eastern Zaire

Synopsis

This volume represents a case study of African responses to American missionary efforts in colonial and post-colonial Zaire. Nelson describes how conflict emerged when missionary attempts to control the rate and nature of change and to "protect" the church community from "corrupting" Western influences confronted African aspirations to overcome foreign domination through education and economic means. Nelson relates an account of social forces transforming the missionaries' designs in the midst of colonial efforts, the encroachment of a cash economy, the rise of nationalism and political struggles, and the formation of social classes.