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The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen: The Last Active Anglican Generation

Abby Day


The book draws on ethnographic fieldwork, cross-cultural comparisons, and theories exploring the beliefs, identities, and practices of ‘Generation A’—Anglican laywomen born in the 1920s and 1930s, often described as the ‘backbone’ of the Church and likely its final active generation. They attend the mainstream churches every Sunday, polish the brasses, organize fund-raisers, keep the church open on weekdays, bake cakes, and visit vulnerable people in their homes. Their labour not only populates the physical space of the church but helps ensure its continuity. Generation A laywomen have remaine ... More

Keywords: laywomen, Generation A, Anglican, Christian, institutional religion, Church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abby Day, author
Reader of Race, Faith, & Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK