By Eric Taylor Woods
This publication specializes in the ordinary fight over the which means of the Anglican Church’s position within the Indian residential schools--a long-running college approach designed to assimilate Indigenous childrens into Euro-Canadian tradition, during which sexual, mental, and actual abuse have been universal. From the top of the 19th century till the outset of twenty-first century, the which means of the Indian residential faculties underwent a chronic transformation. as soon as an emblem of the Church’s sacred project to Christianize and civilize Indigenous youngsters, they're now linked to colonialism and ache. In bringing this variation to mild, the e-book addresses why the Church was once so speedy to get involved within the Indian residential faculties and why acknowledgment in their deleterious impression was once so protracted. In doing so, the booklet provides to our figuring out of the sociological technique wherein perpetrators come to acknowledge themselves as such.
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By focusing on several crises, I borrow from the insights of the ‘new institutionalism’ in historical sociology, where the significance of critical junctures in historical change is now widely acknowledged. Critical junctures describe atypical periods of heightened potential for ‘institutional flux’. The manner in which a critical juncture is resolved is seen to set the future development of an institution down a particular path—a process referred to as ‘path dependence’ (see Cappoccia and Kelemen 2007).
35 ‘the heathen’. With this wider aim, CMS missionaries were encouraged to work beyond the confines of Empire. Notably, the CMS missionaries tended to be less connected and less educated than their SPG counterparts, and to be laymen rather than ordained clergy (Hayes 2004: 16–18). They were also generally drawn from the middle classes: ‘literate and respectable but not highly educated’ (Darwin 2013: 281–282). Indeed, many did not even have formal education. Overseas missionary activity thus not only offered an opportunity for fulfilment of religious zeal, but also to achieve a higher social status than would have been possible at home, as well as the possibility of adventure.
While the revival intensified struggles within Anglicanism over its identity, with its adherents more explicitly Protestant or ‘low church’, it also THE MEANING OF THE ANGLICAN MISSION AND THE CREATION ... 33 breathed new life into Anglican mission. Indeed, the impact of evangelical Anglicans in BNA is difficult to overstate. Admonishing their brethren for ignoring their mission as Christians to spread the gospel, the ‘evangelicals’ strode forth into the north and west of the colony, beyond the pales of European settlement, in search of ‘heathen’ souls to save.
A Cultural Sociology of Anglican Mission and the Indian Residential Schools in Canada: The Long Road to Apology by Eric Taylor Woods