Laugrand, “The Transition to Christianity”

Laugrand, Frederic. 2012. The Transition to Christianity and Modernity among Indigenous Peoples. Reviews in Anthropology. 41(1):1-22.

Abstract: In recent decades many anthropological studies have suggested new approaches to conversion in order to grasp the connections between local Christianities and modernities. However, the relationship between conversion in indigenous societies and modernity remains problematic. The notion of transformation is often used as an ideological concept, which gives little information on the nature of the process of conversion, which is organized by complex processes of transitions and continuities. A better understanding of the various forms of indigenous Christianity is crucial to the development of an anthropology of Christianity.