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    “Good teacher” or “good religious”?: the professional identity of Catholic women religious in nineteenth-century England and Wales

    Mangion, Carmen M. (2006) “Good teacher” or “good religious”?: the professional identity of Catholic women religious in nineteenth-century England and Wales. Women’s History Review 14 (2), pp. 223-242. ISSN 0961-2025.

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    Abstract

    Roman Catholic women's congregations are an enigma of nineteenth-century social history. Over ten thousand women involved in these congregations have been rendered invisible in history. Despite their exclusion from historical texts, these women featured prominently in negotiating the boundaries of religious life, sometimes to their collective benefit, sometimes not. Prescriptive literature gave one model of womanhood, married life, with a second model, single life, clearly an inauspicious alternative. Women religious provided a different model and created a religious, occupational and professional identity that varied from the prescriptive literature of the day. Their religious identity had as its goal their own ‘perfection’ and the salvation of others. Their occupational identity as ‘nun’ often encompassed a wide variety of tasks, but by the end of the century, the professional identity of nun as teacher or nurse was firmly in place.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Carmen Mangion
    Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2013 16:34
    Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 05:33
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5822

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