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Abby Day

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198739586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.001.0001

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Family and Community

Family and Community

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(p.137) 7 Family and Community
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The Religious Lives of Older Laywomen
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Abby Day

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739586.003.0007

The main theme of this chapter is the tension that exists between the close church-based ‘family’ and external people, the outside ‘community’. The ‘family’ mirrors the nuclear family, with the priest as the male head/husband/father, Generation A as the matriarch, and they and other women performing the kinds of domestic labour found in nuclear families. The inclusion of women priests complicates that family structure—in the eyes of Generation A, they can be seen variously as family members or interlopers. The ‘church family’ creates a strange, somewhat contradictory insularity in an institution that otherwise professes ‘community’ and global outreach. The tangibility of ‘place’ provided important fieldwork insights.

Keywords:   church-based ‘family’, community, matriarch, global outreach, women priests

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