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Gender, Race and Religion: Nordic Missions 1860-1940
2003 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Protestant missionary movement of the nineteenth century engaged women on a large scale in North America and in Europe, including the Nordic countries. It enjoyed an unparalleled success among married as well as unmarried women. Women played a central role both at home, as fund-raisers and as active agents in "heathen" countries. An important part of the transformative power of the missionary "project" was its sanctioning of transgressive behaviour as religions exceptions to gender rules. It was the pious woman's "duty" to overcome her "natural diffidence" in order that she might better serve the mission. It has been claimed that Nordic women missionaries through their work both at home and out in the field were not only liberating themselves from the constraints of the private sphere, but that they also contributed to the liberation of women in general by changing cultural premises. This anthology seeks to explore central aspects of this process based on empirical studies in relation to gender and the Protestant missionary movement in Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska institutet för missionsforskning , 2003. , 206 p.
Studia Missionalia Svecana, ISSN 1404-9503 ; 91
Keyword [en]
Mission history 19th Century and 20th Century, History of female missionaries 19th Century 20 Century
National Category
History of Religions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-159846ISBN: 91-85424-90-0OAI: diva2:447160
Available from: 2011-10-11 Created: 2011-10-11 Last updated: 2013-07-29Bibliographically approved

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