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Identity, Catholicism, and Lozi Culture in Zambia's Western Province

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Identity, Catholicism, and Lozi Culture in Zambia's Western Province
author
Johnson, Bradley Michael
abstract
Inculturation is conversion on a communal and cultural level. Using ethnographic fieldwork among Lozi Catholic communities in the Western Province of Zambia, the case is made that both conversion and inculturation represent the same process of identity formation. Conversion is defined as a process in which a person grants him or herself a new identity, and then follows through with action that is consistent with this new identity. Inculturation is shown to be analogous, because it consists in a community adopting a new identity, and then following through with action that is consistent with this new identity, while necessarily emphasizing continuity with its pre-existing identity. Using relevant background information from Lozi politics, history, and culture, the integration of Lozi traditions into Catholic Masses is examined. They are used as evidence that Lozi Catholic communities are intentionally pursuing inculturation, and that they should be interpreted as undergoing communal, cultural conversion, adopting and maintaining their identities as both Lozis and Catholics.
subject
Barotseland
Catholicism
conversion
identity
inculturation
Lozi
contributor
van Doorn-Harder, Nelly (committee chair)
Ilesanmi, Simeon O (committee member)
Foskett, Mary (committee member)
date
2012-06-12T08:35:53Z (accessioned)
2012-12-12T09:30:06Z (available)
2012 (issued)
degree
Religion (discipline)
embargo
2012-12-12 (terms)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/37270 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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