Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986
Title Details

28th June 2019

264 Pages

22.86 x 15.24 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press

Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986

by Eric Morier-Genoud

  • Description
  • Contents
  • Reviews
Looks at the politics of the Catholic Church during a turbulent period in central Mozambique
This book is concerned with the internal diversity and complexity of the Roman Catholic Church. It aims at exploring, unpacking, and explaining how the Roman Catholic institution works, how its politics are made, and how the latter impact its environment. Using the diocese of Beira in central Mozambique as a case study, and following insights by Max Weber, author Eric Morier-Genoud takes the novel "horizontal" approach of looking at congregations within the Church as a series of autonomous entities, rather than focusing on the hierarchical structure of the institution.

Between 1940 and 1980, the diocese of Beira was home to some fifteen different congregations rangingfrom Jesuits to Franciscans, from Burgos to Picpus fathers. As in many areas of the world, the 1960s brought conflict to Catholic congregations in central Mozambique, with African nationalism and the reforms of Vatican II playinga part. The conflict manifested in many ways: a bishop's flight from his diocese, a congregation abandoning the territory in protest against the collusion between church and state, and a declaration of class struggle in the church. All of these events, occurring against the backdrop of the war for Mozambican independence, make the region an especially fruitful location for the pioneering analysis proffered in this important study.

ERIC MORIER-GENOUD is Senior Lecturer in African History at Queen's University Belfast.
Introduction
The Making of the Diocese of Beira
Diversity and Dynamics of the Imperial Church
The Formation of an African Church
Gathering Storm: Vatican II Meets African Nationalism
Decolonization? War, Implosion, and the Vatican
Independence: Between Revolution and Counter-revolution
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
"Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986 makes a crucial point in brilliant fashion. Far from being the monolithic entity that scholars often assume it to be, the Catholic Church is in fact a complex array of elements that have considerable autonomy stemming from cultural, historical, national, and sociological factors, an autonomy that can put them at considerable variance. Eric Morier-Genoud illustrates this in the case of Mozambique, from impressive research conducted over many years, on different continents and in a variety of languages. I recommend Catholicism and the Making of Politics whole-heartedly.-Paul Gifford, University of London" .
"This study is highly recommendable in terms of both content and methodology." THE ZIMBABWEAN
"In this nuanced investigation of the Roman Catholic Church in Mozambique, Eric Morier-Genoud makes important arguments about the internal diversity and complexity of an institution often considered monolithic and hierarchical. Morier-Genoud's focus on diversity and action rather than on policy allows him to illustrate in rich detail how the church became less hierarchical, more community-oriented, and more prophetic over the course of five decades." H-AFRICA
"Catholicism and the Making of Politics in Central Mozambique, 1940-1986 could easily be considered part of the major effort made by recent authors to go beyond the simplistic and persistent views normally expressed about the role played by Catholicism and the Catholic Church in African contexts in colonial and postcolonial times and their relationship with the political powers." E-JOURNAL OF PORTUGUESE HISTORY
"In sum, the book is well-written, saturated with empirical material and extensively drawing on (especially) written sources from many forms of archives. As a whole, the book also reflects Morier-Genoud's long-term, wideranging and rigorous engagement with social, political and religious dimensions of Mozambique's turbulent history." SOCIAL SCIENCES AND MISSIONS

Hardcover

9781580469418

Buy

$125.00 / £95.00

Shipping Options

Buy

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Ebook (EPDF)

9781787444737

Buy

$24.99 / £19.99

Shipping Options

Buy

Buy

Purchasing options are not available in this country.

Title Details

28th June 2019

264 Pages

2.286 x 1.524 cm

10 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Imprint: University of Rochester Press