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Conversionary Sites

Transforming Medical Aid and Global Christianity from Madagascar to Minnesota

Britt Halvorson

Conversionary Sites

Britt Halvorson

288 pages | 18 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226557267 Will Publish June 2018
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226557120 Will Publish June 2018
E-book $35.00 ISBN: 9780226557434 Will Publish June 2018
Drawing on more than two years of participant observation in the American Midwest and in Madagascar among Lutheran clinicians, volunteer laborers, healers, evangelists, and former missionaries, Conversionary Sites investigates the role of religion in the globalization of medicine. Based on immersive research of a transnational Christian medical aid program, Britt Halvorson tells the story of a thirty-year-old initiative that aimed to professionalize and modernize colonial-era evangelism. Creatively blending perspectives on humanitarianism, global medicine, and the anthropology of Christianity, she argues that the cultural spaces created by these programs operate as multi-stranded “conversionary sites,” where questions of global inequality, transnational religious fellowship, and postcolonial cultural and economic forces are negotiated.
 
A nuanced critique of the ambivalent relationships between religion, capitalism, and humanitarian aid, Conversionary Sites bridges existing research gaps between religion and science, capitalism and charity, and the US and the Global South.
 
Contents
Introduction: Conversionary Sites in Global Christianities
Chapter 1. Remembering and Forgetting through Medical Aid Work
Chapter 2. Becoming Humanitarians: Bodies Multiple in Communities of Aid
Chapter 3. Redeeming Medical Waste, Making Medical Relief
Chapter 4. Restructuring Value in Antananarivo
Chapter 5. Translating Aid, Brokering Identity: Malagasy Doctors as Precarious Heroes
Chapter 6. Traversing Shadow Spaces of Accountability
Conclusions: Aid’s End Times

Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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