oa Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - The quest for muted black voices in history: Some pertinent issues in (South) African mission historiography

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



The historical quest for muted black voices is a noble but complex undertaking. The complexity applies to both historical as well as contemporary pursuits for muted and marginalised voices. In the first section of the essay, we explore nine theoretical issues that iIIustrate the complexity of the task of historical retrieval. The second section refers to two interpretative frameworks attached to the names of John and Jean Comaroff on the one hand and to that of James Scott on the other. In the last section the author makes some brief evaluations. He also attempts to link current quests for muted black voices to certain current developments within Black and African theologies.

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