Christianity and Development in the Pacific: An Introduction




Pacific, Christianity, development, theology, institutions, materiality


Although a significant literature has arisen examining the intersections of Christianity and development in the Pacific, these themes have yet to receive the full attention they deserve. This special issue seeks to encourage further scholarship on these important themes. In this introduction we trace some of the entanglements between religion and development in Pacific history and suggest some productive future research trajectories.

Author Biography

Philip Fountain, Victoria University of Wellington

Philip Fountain is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He has published widely on religion and international aid and development, including co-editing Religion and the Politics of Development (with Robin Bush and R. Michael Feener) and The Mission of Development: Religion and Techno-Politics in Asia (with Catherine Scheer and R. Michael Feener). With Geoff Troughton he also edited Pursuing Peace in Godzone: Christianity and the Peace Tradition in New Zealand. He was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.




How to Cite

Fountain, P., & Troughton, G. (2019). Christianity and Development in the Pacific: An Introduction. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, 16(1).