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Becoming Sinners


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List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Prologue: A Heavy Christmas and a Pig Law for People Introduction: Christianity and Cultural Change PART ONE: THE MAKING OF A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY 1. From Salt to the Law: Contact and the Early Colonial Period 2. Christianity and the Colonial Transformation of Regional Relations 3. Revival, Second-Stage Conversion, and the Localization of the Urapmin Church PART TWO: LIVING IN SIN 4. Contemporary Urapmin in Millennial Time and Space 5. Willfulness, Lawfulness, and Urapmin Morality 6. Desire and Its Discontents: Free Time and Christian Morality 7. Rituals of Redemption and Technologies of the Self 8. Millennialism and the Contest of Values Conclusion: Christianity, Cultural Change, and the Moral Life of the Hybrid Notes References Index

About the Author

Joel Robbins is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. He is coeditor of Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Contemporary Melanesia (1999) and of the journal Anthropological Theory.


"Robbins manages, through his ethnography, to illustrate for us the need to understand radical change." Reviews In Anthropology

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