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This final section of the book underlines several key points. It emphasizes the importance of social proximity in missionary work and the ways in which these forms of cross-cultural contact brought the nature and management of the body into question. The conclusion also suggests missionary work was ultimately a project in vernacularizing Christianity and, as such, the sharing, debating, and circulation of words and text was pivotal to the project of evangelization. Following on from this, it also stresses the unevenness of knowledge production about New Zealand and Māori. It highlights the disjuncture between the ability of Māori to shape...

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