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Philippa Levine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249503

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.001.0001

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Faith, Missionary Life, and the Family

Faith, Missionary Life, and the Family

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(p.260) 12 Faith, Missionary Life, and the Family
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Gender and Empire
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Patricia Grimshaw

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249503.003.0012

This chapter pursues the question of faith, mission life, and family. It focuses on Protestant outreach. The gendered dimensions of the significant Catholic missions in the Empire led by male and female French, German, Spanish, and Irish missionary priests, similar in many respects, lie outside the scope of this particular study. The chapter draws insights, taking first the interface of people, ideas, and events in both the metropole and the colonies that were significant for the ‘civilizing mission’, so influential for women's entry to overseas missions. It traces historical interpretations of missionaries' pursuits, of their visions of gender, and families, once established in foreign fields. Finally, it returns to the lives of the indigenous Western Australian women in the missions of Victoria, as a point of entry to the gender experiences of converts in the diverse Christian communities of the 20th century Empire.

Keywords:   faith, mission life, Protestant outreach, Catholic missions, gender and families, missionaries, Victoria, Empire, civilizing mission

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