Mission (lat. missio) stands for sending members of a religious group or organization to spread their faith. A first historical account dates back to the so-called ‘votum de missionibus’ in the 16th century, the missionary vow of Jesuits before they were sent out to ‘christianize the world’. Missionaries were the first group of travelers across cultures who used empirically grounded and methodologically guided field research to better understand the experiences of otherness, alterity and difference made in cross-cultural exchange, to develop pragmatic cultural translations of their faith, and to refine their own strategic-persuasive strategies in order to understand, teach, and convert other people to Christianity. This article provides the reader with a short overview about the current state of art in cultural psychological research.
See Publications: Arnold, M. (2018). Mission. In C. Kölbl & A. Sieben (Eds.), Stichwörter zur Kulturpsychologie [Keywords in Cultural Psychology] (pp. 287-92). Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag.*