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The Communion of Women: Missions and Gender in Colonial Africa and the British Metropole

Elizabeth E. Prevost


From the 1860s to 1920s many British women followed a call to the African mission field of the Anglican church. This form of Christian feminism promoted white women's distinct ability to emancipate ‘heathen’ women and consolidate the religious framework of British imperialism. As part of the professionalization of women's social services, women pursued their vocation in a skilled, independent capacity, confident in the transformative power of the gospel and its institutional counterparts: the Christian home, school, and clinic. They found, however, that British paradigms did not translate neat ... More

Keywords: professionalization, Christian feminism, globalization of Christianity, imperialism, African missions, Anglican church

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199570744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth E. Prevost, author
Assistant Professor of History, Grinnell College
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