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What Gender Does to Religious Institutions. Reflections on Women’s Religious Congregations in the Nineteenth Century

Barthélemy, Sarah

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Abstract

Recently, significant contributions to the study of religion and gender have been made, as evidenced by Belgian and Dutch literature, amongst others. Joan W. Scott has pointed out that, in these studies, gender is expressed and analyzed as a multi-layered concept – it can represent power, social institutions, or organization. It can express ideas of subjective identity and what is normative. This article explores religious female congregations of the Catholic Church in the first half of the nineteenth century and focuses on power relationships. It unpacks the use of gender in religious history and demonstrates that a gendered history of Catholic institutions is possible even when men define the institutional framework and exclude the women who are, in fact, already a part of it.

Citation

Barthélemy, S. (2021). What Gender Does to Religious Institutions. Reflections on Women’s Religious Congregations in the Nineteenth Century. Trajecta: Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries, 30(2), 243-265. https://doi.org/10.5117/TRA2021.2.002.BART

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 1, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 1, 2021
Publication Date 2021-10
Deposit Date Jul 7, 2024
Journal Trajecta: Religion, Culture and Society in the Low Countries
Print ISSN 0778-8304
Publisher Amsterdam University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 243-265
DOI https://doi.org/10.5117/TRA2021.2.002.BART
Keywords methodology, gender history, Catholic Church, Catholicism, female religious congregations
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2521049
Publisher URL https://www.aup-online.com/content/journals/10.5117/TRA2021.2.002.BART