Growing Up With God And Empire (eBook)
A Postcolonial Analysis Of Missionary Kid Memoirs
de Stephanie Vandrick
Sobre o livro
This book analyzes the memoirs of 42 missionary kids the children of North American Protestant missionaries in countries all over the world during the 20th century. Using a postcolonial lens the book explores ways in which the missionary enterprise was part of, or intersected with, the Western colonial enterprise, and ways in which a colonial mindset is unconsciously manifested in these memoirs. The book explores how the memoirists sites and experiences are exoticized; the missionary kids likelihood of learning or not learning local languages; the missionary families treatment of servants and other local people; and gender, race and social class aspects of the missionary kids experiences. Like other Third Culture Kids, the memoirists are migrants, travelers, border-crossers and border-dwellers who alternate between insider and outsider statuses, and their words shed light on the effects of movement and travel on childrens lives and development.