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Civilizing Missions

International Religious Agencies in China

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Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction: Christian “Civilizing Missions” of the Past and Present

  3. Theory and History

  4. Contemporary “Civilizing Missions?”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-100
    2. Miwa Hirono
      Pages 131-162
    3. Miwa Hirono
      Pages 191-208
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 209-262

About this book


By comparing the role and influence of early Christian missionaries with those of Christian NGOs today, this book critically assesses the idea of a Christian 'civilizing mission' within the context of China. It provides a local, non-Han perspective based on a rich array of historical, ethnographical, and empirical sources.


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About the authors

MIWA HIRONO teaches at the Department of International Relations at The Australian National University, Australia where she was awarded a Ph.D. in International Relations.

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"This book is original and innovative. It takes an important and topical theme which has become very popular within a range of disciplines, and takes the time and effort to see whether it can be applied in the Chinese context, and how that application might cause the disciplines to rethink their stance toward the general theme." - Dr Anthony J. Langlois, Senior Lecturer, School of Political and International Studies, Flinders University