Missions and Conversions

Creating the Montagnard-Dega Refugee Community

  • Authors
  • Thomas┬áPearson

Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 19-61
  4. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 63-91
  5. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 93-115
  6. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 117-139
  7. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 141-171
  8. Thomas Pearson
    Pages 173-195
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 197-241

About this book


This study offers a fresh reading of religious conversion by analyzing a variety of "missionaries" that sought to influence the Montagnard-Dega refugee. Thomas Pearson uses ethnographic and archival research to tell the story of cross-cultural contact in the highlands during the Vietnam War, Christian conversion, refugee exile, and the formation of the Dega refugee community in the United States. His insightful study considers not just evangelicals and Catholics, but humanitarian workers in the highlands, refugee resettlement volunteers in the United States, and the American Special Forces soldiers. This book makes the case that the Dega have appropriated the anthropological and religious discourses of this disparate group of missionaries to recreate themselves through a multivalent "conversion."


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