The Pious Sex

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Tine Van Osselaer

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The construction of gender in Belgian Catholicism. Although women were called the 'pious sex' much earlier, it was during the nineteenth century, when the differences between men and women were being made more explicit, that an intense bond between women and religion was developed. Religiosity was thought to be a 'natural' part of femininity and turned religious masculinity into an oddity. This clear-cut gender ideology, however, remains an ideology (prescribed and contested) that needs to be put in the perspective of its context of origin, the bourgeois milieu. How were these gender identities constructed and by whom? With this volume Van Osselaer seeks to clarify how the gender differentiation was created among Belgian Catholics. She brings to light the extent to which religiosity was inscribed in these constructions and how religious teachings contributed to it. It is clear that the limitations of the 'feminization' thesis, a master narrative that has strongly contributed to the introduction of women in religious history, have gradually become more visible. Documenting pastoral care, the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Catholic Action, The Pious Sex offers critical commentaries on the master narratives, suggesting that even men could belong to a 'pious sex'.
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Auteur
Tine Van Osselaer
Uitgever
Universitaire Pers Leuven
Taal
Engels
ISBN
9789461662132
Productsoort
eBook
Uitvoering
eBook
Reeksnaam
KADOC Studies on Religion, Culture and Society
Categorie
BoekenEngelse boekenGeschiedenisMaatschappij geschiedenisMaatschappijgeschiedenis
Leeftijd
Volwassenen
Verschijningsdatum
12/10/2013
Aantal pagina's
272
Formaat
0 x 0 x 0
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