The terms missionization and missionary refer to the Christian term missio, a sending off. In the Christian tradition, the missionary refers to the one who is sent by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Gospel outside the lands of Christianity. By extension, this concept reflects the figure of a proselyte instituted by a religion. In sociology, the word refers to a plurality of contexts and meanings, but generically, it aims to describe coordinated proselytizing action.

But it is first and foremost missionary history that links sociology and mission. With the Renaissance and the “discovery of the New World,” many missionary narratives acquired the status of true ethnographic or even sociological texts. At that time, as more and more stories were published or translated in Europe ...

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