Thinking with Gossip: Deviance, Rumour and Reputation in the South Seas Mission of the London Missionary Society
Recalling his arrival at the island of Tahiti, site of the London Missionary Society’s South Seas Mission (SSM) in 1842, Reverend John Jesson could not help noting his dismay at the prevalence of gossip among his missionary brethren.
KeywordsNative Woman Young Lady Moral Boundary Attempted Rape Private Talk
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