9780719076275

Contested Identities Catholic Women Religious in Nineteenth-Century England and Wales

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  • ISBN13:

    9780719076275

  • ISBN10:

    0719076277

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-08-01
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Summary

English Roman Catholic women's congregations are an enigma of nineteenth-century social history. Over ten thousand nuns and sisters, establishing and managing significant Catholic educational, health care and social welfare institutions in England and Wales, have virtually disappeared from history. Despite their exclusion from historical texts, these women featured prominently in the public and private sphere. Intertwining the complexities of class with the notion of ethnicity,Contested Identitiesexamines the relationship between English and Irish-born sisters. This study is relevant not only to understanding women religious and Catholicism in nineteenth-century England and Wales, but also to our understanding of the role of women in the public and private sphere, dealing with issues still resonant today. Contributing to the larger story of the agency of nineteenth-century women and the broader transformation of English society, this book will appeal to scholars and students of social, cultural, gender and religious history.

Author Biography

Carmen M. Mangion is a part-time lecturer at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesp. ix
Preface and acknowledgementsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
Developing identities
Becoming visiblep. 21
Choosing religious lifep. 53
Forming a novicep. 89
Working identities
Evangelisingp. 111
Professionalisingp. 135
Corporate identities
Building corporate identityp. 153
Class and ethnicityp. 182
Authority and governancep. 210
Conclusionp. 235
Sources and methodsp. 240
Select bibliographyp. 250
Indexp. 277
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