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The Communion of WomenMissions and Gender in Colonial Africa and the British Metropole$
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Elizabeth E. Prevost

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199570744.001.0001

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Introduction: Missionary Feminism

Introduction: Missionary Feminism

(p.1) Introduction: Missionary Feminism
The Communion of Women

Elizabeth E. Prevost (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter argues that the feminization of Christianity in the late nineteenth‐century mission field was central to the globalization of Christianity, and that British and transnational feminist critiques developed in a complex and varied Christian framework that was shaped by women's evangelism. Anglican women missionaries forged new authority through a gendered religious lexicon in dialogue with indigenous women, and these encounters in turn shaped feminist and anti‐imperial social movements in Britain both before and after the First World War. The Introduction also contextualizes the British women's professional missionary movement in the age of empire; situates the study within recent literature on missions, imperialism, feminism, and indigenous Christianity; explains the value of the book's geographical and institutional framework; and lays out the sources and methods of investigation.

Keywords:   women's missions, gender, feminism, Anglicanism, empire, indigenous Christianity, anti‐imperialism, historiography

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