The essays in this volume were presented at a conference at the University of Nantes in 2014. The introduction by Jean-Marie Bouron, “Être soi parmi les autres. L’Alchimie des identités en context missionnaire” (To be oneself among others. The alchemy of identities in missionary contexts) (7–17), discusses recent French research on “identity,” placing the project in its larger scholarly context and then introducing the various essays.

The chapters are arranged in the volume in three sections; the first is “Groupes d’appartenance et identités collectives” (Membership groups and collective identities). The focus here is upon groups of missionaries. In the first essay, “Identités photographique(s) des missionnaires” (Photographic identities of missionaries) (21–34), the complex problem faced by scholars of world Christianity because of very large collections of photographs is given attention by Émilie Gagnat, on the basis of the collection of the Société des Missions Évangéliques de Paris at Défap, Paris. Gagnat...

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