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Female Lives, Moral States: Women, Religion and Public Life in Britain (Paperback)
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Female Lives, Moral States: Women, Religion and Public Life in Britain (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 05/12/2000
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Using the "exemplary lives" of Elizabeth Fry, Josephine Butler and Florence Nightingale, together with detailed case studies of prison reform, the professionalization of nursing, the religious sisterhood movement, and campaigns against the double standard of sexual morality, the author demonstrates and analyzes the interweaving of religious, political and medical discourses in the construction of new female social roles. These studies of women during the industrialization and urbanization of Britain show both the importance and complexity of religion in personal and organizational life. The book argues that the 19th century drew new distinctions between public and private spheres for women and men, and that a study of female "lineages" of social action, involving a close reading of contemporary texts, suggests radically different definitions of "public" and "civil" society from those formulated in the writings of Jurgen Habermas. This work illustrates the essential connections between urban religion, philanthropy and feminism in the evolution of the concept of citizenship.

Publisher: Threshold Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781903152034
Number of pages: 192
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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