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Michael Barnett and Janice Stein

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916023

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.001.0001

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Pyrrhic Victories? French Catholic Missionaries, Modern Expertise, and Secularizing Technologies

Pyrrhic Victories? French Catholic Missionaries, Modern Expertise, and Secularizing Technologies

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(p.166) 7 Pyrrhic Victories? French Catholic Missionaries, Modern Expertise, and Secularizing Technologies
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Sacred Aid
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Bertrand Taithe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916023.003.0007

This chapter studies the interventions of the French Catholics during the colonial and postcolonial era, which was a time where the humanitarian work of the missionaries was separated from the work done by colonial rulers. It examines the attention placed on the material conditions of missions and missionaries, and introduces the Protestant frame of reference. It then shows the efforts of the missionaries to gain the support of faith-based organizations (FBO). This chapter also explains how technical knowledge and faith could be combined when missionaries were involved in the challenge of keeping the boundaries of the religious and the secular clear, and how the demands of nongovernmental organizations (NGO) can prove overwhelming.

Keywords:   French Catholics, humanitarian work, missionaries, material conditions, Protestant frame of reference, faith-based organizations, nongovernmental organizations

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