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Religion, Pluralism, and Conflicts in the Pacific Islands

Abstract : Most of Pacific Island societies today enjoy a relatively peaceful religious climate. Nevertheless, the history of Christianization in this region was not simply a step from "darkness" into "light" but rather an ambivalent process: the relationships between mission, colonization and local power struggles generated both violent conflicts, a relative pacification of social life under the authority of new Christian chiefs and an eradication of ritual violence. Even today, some tension and uncertainty remain around the role of religion in contemporary sources of conflicts and violence. This chapter focuses on: - the challenges raised by the management of religious and ethnic pluralism in the Pacific Island societies; - the capacity of religious actors to intervene as mediators in the resolution of conflicts, or to become themselves involved in struggles between communities; - the effectiveness of Pacific Island Christian churches in the reduction of "ordinary" violence, especially familial and gender violence.
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Yannick Fer. Religion, Pluralism, and Conflicts in the Pacific Islands. Andrew R. Murphy. The Blackwell Companion to Religion and Violence, Wiley-Blackwell, pp.461-472, 2011. ⟨halshs-00622590⟩



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