Catholic Nuns and Sisters in a Secular Age: Britain, 1945-90 - Gender in History (Paperback)Carmen M. Mangion (author)
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Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 344
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
British Catholic History
'A significant contribution to British social and cultural history, it adds a gendered and religious perspective to the understanding of social movements which emerged in the mid-twentieth century... The result is a landmark publication.'
History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland
'Mangion's thoughtful and well-written narrative creates a powerful text that is a delight to read.'
Journal of the Catholic Archives Society
'[An] exemplary work of historical synthesis ... Mangion's work attests to the diversity of experience of the 1960s and to the limits of secularisation that overlook or exclude those subjects that do not conform to the prevailing narrative.'
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'Mangion's impressive volume seeks to dispel the notion that religious communities were separate from, and out of touch with, the wider world... Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age is a most welcome addition to the existing historiography which will undoubtedly inspire and encourage further research.'
Reviews in History
'Mangion skilfully deploys the stories of individual women religious to map the institutional changes taking place around them... [She] brings the women to life, revealing their hopes and fears, their humanity, how the ordinary can become extraordinary... An accessible book that achieves its aims and should have a wide appeal.'
'Mangion's book is a fascinating addition to the literature, and can be highly recommended to everyone interested in twentieth-century British women's history, the British sixties and postwar western Christianity.'
Women's History Review
'Mangion's book is a major contribution to the under-researched history of lived religion and will quickly be recognised as a landmark study for all historians of twentieth-century Catholicism.'
Twentieth Century British History
'As the nuns and sisters who navigated this tumultuous period pass from living memory into historical memory, Mangion has produced a landmark study. This book is a marvel, in terms of its prodigious research, keen interpretation and lucid prose.'
Kathleen Cummings, University of Notre Dame
'This book is highly recommended. It is an illustration of how oral testimonies combined with a variety of sources can give historians a vivid insight into the changes that women religious underwent in the period 1945-90. A rewarding read, both in method and content.'
Jan De Maeyer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
'Carmen Mangion's study is an original addition to the social and cultural history of post-war Britain. Deploying a wide range of source materials, Catholic nuns and sisters in a secular age provides us with a rich understanding of the impact that social changes and attitudinal shifts had on convent cultures - and in the process challenges a number of widely held beliefs about Catholic women religious in the modern era.'
Susan O'Brien, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge
'This is an outstanding project which makes a highly significant contribution not only to the history of nuns and religious sisters in post-war Britain, but to the international history of Catholicism and the social and cultural history of the United Kingdom in the second half of the twentieth century.'
Susannah Riordan, University College Dublin -- .
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