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    Local and global: women religious, Catholic internationalism and social justice

    Mangion, Carmen M. (2021) Local and global: women religious, Catholic internationalism and social justice. In: Reinisch, Jessica and Brydan, D. (eds.) Europe’s Internationalists: Rethinking the Short Twentieth Century. Histories of Internationalism. London, UK: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781350107359.

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    As part of a larger Catholic International, religious orders and congregations around the world were rethinking their internationalism in response to the spirit of aggiornamento of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and post-war social movements. As significant historical actors within the Catholic International, women religious (sisters and nuns) began questioning social structures, gender relations and the dynamics of power and authority from within the convent and in the wider world. Persuaded in the 1970s and 1980s particularly by the global discourse of social justice influenced by liberation theology, some British religious institutes left their institutional work running large schools and hospitals to move into new ministries. This chapter interrogates one of these new ministries: the Sisters of Mercy’s missionary work in the barrios of Peru. Motivated by faith and initially without an explicitly feminist or political agenda, women religious as internationalists negotiated how their internationalism was defined, lived and experienced. Missionary work was one of the earliest forms of internationalism but the Peru mission offered a different way of ‘doing’ internationalism. Missionary praxis diverged from the top down structures of nineteenth-century internationalism to stress solidarity and collaboration with both the peoples of Peru and other international groups. The Peru mission integrated global thinking revealing both a local mission done globally, as part of an extensive Catholic International and ‘bearing witness’ to Catholic communities in England; and a global mission done locally with religious sisters living and collaborating with Peruvians in the barriadas.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Bloomsbury Academic, available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE)
    Depositing User: Carmen Mangion
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2021 17:43
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:55


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