Communication and Conversion in Northern Cameroon: The Dii by Tomas Sundnes Dronen

By Tomas Sundnes Dronen

Used to be sleek Christian venture to Africa essentially a colonial undertaking and a civilizing undertaking or was once it a non secular revival spreading to new components? This ebook tells the story of the Dii humans in northern Cameroon and describes their come upon with Norwegian missionaries. via archival stories and during fieldwork one of the Dii, an interesting state of affairs is gifted. while the missionaries describe their undertaking as one among non secular liberation, and the Dii highligt the social liberation they acquired via literacy and political independence, the writer exhibits how either non secular and social alterations have been result of captivation, miscommunication and incessant negotiations among the 2 events.

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31 Pål Repstad underlines the importance of flexibility during the interview in order make the interview a meaningful conversation (Repstad 1987: 43–44). 24 chapter one nearly six years of residence in the area, is relatively well developed,32 it was of great help to analyse the process with a ‘double eye’. In order to describe the encounter between the Dii and the mission and explain why some Dii converted to Christianity, my first criterion was to choose as informants persons who had become Christians between 1934 and 1960 and originated from different villages along the Ngaoundéré-Garoua road, where the mission concentrated its early work.

5 the pillars of the Norwegian contribution to a future Lutheran church that was to be the result of the often complicated collaboration between the NMS and the American Lutheran Sudan Mission. Few academic publications deal with the Dii people. The rites and traditions of the Dii are briefly mentioned in the ethnographic works of Lembezat (1961), Podlewski (1970), and Frobenius (1987), but have received more thorough attention by the Canadian anthropologist JeanClaude Muller who has written two monographs and several articles about the Dii.

Fiske 1990: 42). e. from the Dii perspective, a perspective that will invite us to return to Dahl and Saussure’s ideas in chapter eight. The Octopus Concept of Discourse In order to be able to analyse the production of meaning in the intercultural Dii-mission encounter, we have to approach the available sources where meaning is expressed, the written missionary texts, and the living memory of pioneer Dii Christians. I have chosen to refer to this production of meaning as the ‘discourse’ of the two involved parties, well aware of the large variety of discourse analyses currently 14 For further information about Ogden and Richards, who have created a structural model of communication very much like that of Peirce (often the two models are presented together), see Fiske (1990).

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