Elaborates on the socio-historical transformation of Kenyah ethnic group, and religious landscape of Central Borneo
Explores the dynamics of hierarchical and egalitarian religious authority exercised by different social classes
Focuses on issues such as religious schism and the return of Adat in the context of disenchantment
Part of the book series: Contestations in Contemporary Southeast Asia (CCSA)
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Table of contents (6 chapters)
About this book
This book focuses on a Pentecostal-Evangelical Kenyah community in central Borneo, a region that crosses the border between Malaysia and Indonesia. The book argues that the Pentecostal-Evangelical (P/e) mode of religious authority and organization has the capacity to adapt to both the pre-existing hierarchical traditional institution such as Adat and modern egalitarian social forms. It has been necessary within the context of Kenyah’s experience of religious change as it enabled many actors from various social classes to obtain and perceive religious authority in a specific local and regional political-religious situation while promoting their identity as egalitarian and autonomous modern subjects. In contrast with other studies on the P/e church that emphasize its egalitarian spirit as a factor that supports its impressive growth, the book contends that its adaptive structural characteristics have enabled the development of this specific Christian denomination to expand rapidly and play a dominant position in contemporary social life in various parts of the world.
The book thus provides novel findings in the study of religious change in Southeast Asia by enriching the discussion of historical transformation in the region, and analyzing the articulation of global and regional Christian movements, with the socio-political characteristics of Bornean society.
- Religious Change and Christianity
- Cultural Revitalization in Asia
- Evangelical Christianity
- Kenyah in Central Borneo
- Social Hierarchy in Asia
- Colonialism in Asia
- Egalitarian Church-Making
- Adat in Asia
- Church Institutions in Asia
- Schism among Christian Kenyah
- Christian Kenyah
- Calvinist Kenyah Community
- Religion in Borneo
- Kenyah Ethnic Group
- Borneo Studies
- Judith Schlehe, Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Freiburg, Germany
“The author and this book deserves to receive respect and high appreciation. The book very clearly shows how the author’s competency and expertise in anthropology, and in combining this with the study of missions as part of theology. The book enriches and helps many people to understand the encounter, dialogue, and collaboration between culture (esp. adat) and Christianity, with socio-political and historical approaches. The book will be of benefit to not only the Apokayan people in Central Borneo and the Pentecostal-Evangelical churches (esp, GKII), but also for many others around the world."
- Jan S. Aritonang, Professor of History of Christianity, Jakarta Philosophical & Theological School.
"This important ethnographic and ethnohistorical study of the interactions of Adat and Pentecostal-Evangelical Christianity among the Kenyah of Central Borneo cuts through the underbrush of now overfamiliar debates about Christian conversion and individualism to ask challenging new questions about how egalitarianism and hierarchy are negotiated by means of complex religious and political struggles. Opening up a fresh analytic perspective and posing a novel set of questions about religion and cultural change, this book is a major contribution to the anthropology of Christianity."
- Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
Authors and Affiliations
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia
About the author
Imam Ardhianto is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Universitas Indonesia. His research interests include religious change, Adat transformation, globalization, anthropology of Christianity and Borneo studies.
Book Title: Hierarchies of Power
Book Subtitle: Evangelical Christianity and Adat Transformation in Indonesian Borneo
Authors: Imam Ardhianto
Series Title: Contestations in Contemporary Southeast Asia
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Singapore
eBook Packages: Political Science and International Studies, Political Science and International Studies (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022
Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-19-0170-6Published: 12 April 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-981-19-0173-7Due: 26 April 2023
eBook ISBN: 978-981-19-0171-3Published: 11 April 2022
Series ISSN: 2661-8354
Series E-ISSN: 2661-8362
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XVI, 153
Number of Illustrations: 2 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
Topics: Politics and Religion, Anthropology, Imperialism and Colonialism