The Missionary, the Catechist and the Hunter: Foucault, Protestantism and Colonialism
The Missionary, the Catechist and the Hunter by Dr Christina Petterson examines the role of Protestantism in the Danish colonisation of Greenland.
The book also shows how the process of colonisation entails a process of subjectification where the identity of indigenous population is transformed.
The figure of the hunter, commonly regarded as quintessential Inuit figure is traced back to the efforts of the Greenlandic intelligentsia to distance themselves from the hunting lifestyle by producing an abstract hunter identity in Greenlandic literature.
Dr Christina Petterson is a research associate on the ARC project The Sacred Economy and a member of the Religion and Radicalism group in the Faculty of Education and Arts. Until September 2013, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Gender as Category of Knowledge research-cluster at Humboldt University in Berlin. She completed her PhD at Macquarie University in 2011.