Race and Culture Contacts in the Modern World

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CHAPTER XVII
Culture and Personality

INTRODUCTION

In an analysis of the problems of social organization which have arisen as the result of race and culture contacts in the modern world, one must inevitably come to a consideration of the influence of Western civilization upon the personalities of non-European peoples. Among the agents of Western civilization whose contacts with non-Europeans have effected changes in the personalities of native peoples, the Christian missionary has occupied a strategic position. A personality type which has emerged partly as a result of the activities of missionaries, has been the marginal man. Where non-Europeans have been assimilated in European societies, it has been the marginal man who has played an important role in the process. His role has varied according to the nature of the racial frontier. Whatever may have been the role of the marginal man, it is evident that on the frontiers of race and culture contacts new peoples and new cultures are coming into existence.


THE ROLE OF THE MISSIONARY

In a study of the changes which have occurred in the personalities of peoples influenced by European civilization, the influence of the missionary has been of prime im

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