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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which addresses an important but largely neglected aspect of Christian mission: its transnational character. Transnationalism, understood as the multiple ties and interactions linking people or institutions across the borders of the nation-states, has recently become a key concept in scholarly research within the humanities and social sciences. World Culture is not only a homogenising force; it also engenders and supports diversity and differentiation. Colonialism has been one of the main contexts for historical, sociological and anthropological studies on Christian missions outside Europe and North America. Social and cultural transformation that can be linked to the colonial encounter took place on a broad scale, with an impact on several fields within the society 'at home' as well as within the colonies. The book focuses on one individual missionary and his/her life story.

Keywords: Christian missions; colonialism; socio-cultural transformation; transnationalism; world culture

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