Swiss Churches, South Africa and Apartheid

By Caroline Jeannerat, Eric Morier-Genoud, Didier Peclard

Apartheid posed profound challenges to the conceptions of humanity and development that dominated the world stage after World War II. Embroiled analyzes the manner in which international religious organizations dealt with the formulation and implementation of apartheid. The book studies this through an examination of the Swiss Mission in South Africa (SMSA), an institution that acted in South Africa, Switzerland, and the international ecumenical community. As a socially embedded institution, the SMSA mirrored divisions present within Swiss and South African societies on the issue of apartheid. *** Embroiled brings out the complex, even turbulent, nature of a missionary society: at once political intermediary, spiritual guide and non-government organisation. Caught between different communities and discrete continents, missionaries discussed and debated their role in South Africa and attempted, however fitfully, to respond to the changes that swept through the country, particularly as opposing nationalisms fought to seize hold of it. ~ From the Preface (Series: Schweizerische Afrikastudien - Etudes africaines suisses - Vol. 9)

400 pages

Publication Date: 2/17/2011
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9783825897963