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Title:Defining the heathen in Ireland and Africa: two similar discourses a century apart
Author:Bateman, FionaISNI
Periodical:Social Sciences and Missions = Sciences sociales et missions
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:Catholic Church
missionary history
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/187489408X308046
Abstract:This article looks at two different missionary projects separated by space and time: British Protestant missions to Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century; and Irish Roman Catholic missions to Africa in the 1920s and 1930s. It argues that in both cases missionary discourses were strongly influenced by prevailing public attitudes towards the 'other', in the earlier case the Irish, in the later case, the Africans. Using evidence from a range of contemporary mission publications, the article highlights the similarity between British Protestant efforts to 'colonize' Ireland in religious terms and later Irish Catholic attempts to create a 'Spiritual Empire' in Africa in the context of the recently-formed Irish Free State and in contrast to the ostensibly materialistic and corrupting influences on Africa of British imperialism. Notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]