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Religious conflict and social change: A case from Western Alaska

Religious conflict and social change: A case from Western Alaska
Pages: 141 - 158
Auteur(s) / Author(s): Nicholas E. Flanders
Résumé:

Les études sur le changement social chez les autochtones d'Alaska, comme ailleurs, décrivent les forces externes de changement comme étant uniformes et bi-dimensionnelles. Cet article présente le cas d'un village yup'ik de l'Alaska où des prêtres jésuites, des enseignants et des missionnaires protestants entrèrent en conflit à propos d'éducation, de mariage et de commerce. L'auteur conclut qu'à un certain niveau, les origines du conflit étaient nationales, ce qui soulève la nécessité d'une compréhension plus profonde et plus englobante de la situation du changement social. À un autre niveau, le conflit reflète l'intérêt des missionnaires pour le bien-être du peuple autochtone.

 

Abstract:

In studies of social change among Alaska natives, as elsewhere, the external forces of change are portrayed as uniform and two-dimensional. This case from a Western Alaska Yup’ik village involved a conflict between Jesuit priests and Protestant missionaries and school teachers over education, marriage and trade. It is concluded that, on one level, the origins of the dispute were national, thus pointing out the need for a broader and complex understanding of the social change situation. On another level, the conflict reflected the concern of the missionaries for the well-being of the native people.