De l’espace au territoire. Histoire de l’appropriation missionnaire d’une circonscription apostolique au nord de la Gold Coast

Abstract : The White Fathers saw the Apostolic Prefecture of Navrongo, in the north of the Gold Coast, as an area too large to be wholly christianised. It is only in the 1960s that the missionaries managed to make their area of influence match the circumscription which was originally given to them. This article proposes to investigate the process of missionary territorialisation which transformed a space which the Holy See defined juridically into a territory truly organized by evangelists and Christians. In the north of the Gold Coast, the progressive appropriation of the missionary space accompanied the development of a differentiated evangelization. The adaptation of spatial strategies to local challenges led to the constitution of three Catholic territories, characterized by dissimilar pastoral strategies, different populations, and distinct chronologies. But in each case the White Fathers tried to make tangible their taking possession of the land by a dense and multiform religious marking.
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Jean-Marie Bouron. De l’espace au territoire. Histoire de l’appropriation missionnaire d’une circonscription apostolique au nord de la Gold Coast . Histoire, monde et cultures religieuses, Karthala, 2016. ⟨halshs-01470695⟩

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