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The Farmerfield Mission: A Christian Community in South Africa, 1838-2008

Fiona Vernal


This book recounts the history of Farmerfield, an African Christian community on South Africa’s troubled Eastern Cape frontier, forged in the secular world of war, violence, and colonial dispossession and subjected to grand evangelical aspirations and social engineering. Farmerfield’s heterogeneous mix of former slaves and displaced Africans found themselves at the cusp of contentious debates about how best to address the social, cultural, economic, and political dislocation colonialism had wrought on African societies. Farmerfield was at once a space, a place, and an idea that Africans, Metho ... More

Keywords: Farmerfield, missions, mission stations, missionary, Wesleyan Methodism, Christianity, Eastern Cape, South Africa, Apartheid, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199843404
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Vernal, author
University of Connecticut