Women and Missions - Past and Present
Anthropological and Historical Perceptions
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Women and Missions - Past and Present by Shirley Ardener
Book DescriptionThis collection of essays by eminent anthropologists, missiologists and historians explores the hitherto neglected topic of women missionaries and the effect of Christian missionary activity upon women. The book consists of two parts. The first part looks at 19th century women missionaries as presented in literature, at the backgrounds and experience of women in the mission field and at the attitudes of missionary societies towards their female workers. Although they are traditionally presented as wives and support workers, it becomes apparent that, on the contrary, women missionaries often played a culturally important role. The second and longest section asks whether women missionaries are indeed a special case, and provides some fascinating studies of the impact of Christian missions on women in both historical material and a wealth of contemporary material.Of particular value is the perspective of those who were themselves objects of missionary activity and who reflected upon this experience. Women actively absorbed and adapted the teachings of the Christian missionaries, and Western models are seen to be utilized and developed in sometimes unexpected ways.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780854968725
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 6-Jan-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Shirley Ardener
Women in Igbo Life and Thought, Paperback (May 2000)
This ethnographic study of the Igbo tribe of Nigeria examines kinship practices, marriage customs, and women's responsibilities in the house and the community, establishing the tremendous influence that Igbo women wield in public affairs.
Money-go-rounds, Paperback (July 1996)
This volume of case studies examines ROSCAs on a worldwide basis, and should be of interest to anyone studying or concerned with anthropology, economics, women's issues and especially the welfare of the less developed countries and immigrant communities in "the West".
Women and Missions - Past and Present, Hardback (January 1994)
This collection of essays explore women missionaries and the effect of Christian missionary activity upon women. They look at 19th-century missionaries, at the backgrounds and experience of women in the missions and at the attitudes of missionary societies towards their female workers.
Women and Space, Paperback (April 1993)» View all books by Shirley Ardener
Focuses on the relationship of women and space, and using the idea of "social maps". This book presents ethnographic evidence which shows how space must be seen in both its physical dimensions, and in its social and symbolic aspects, as experienced by women.
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Author Biography - Shirley Ardener
Fiona Bowie Lecturer in Women's Studies,Open University and Lecturer in the Anthropology of Religion, University of Wales, Lampeter Deborah Kirkwood Independent Researcher Mrs Shirley Ardener Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women, University of Oxford
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