Missionary Women: Gender, Professionalism, and the Victorian Idea of Christian Mission

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Boydell Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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This is the first comprehensive study of the role of gender in British Protestant missionary expansion into China and India during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Focusing on the experiences of wives and daughters, female missionaries, educators and medical staff associated with the London Missionary Society, the China Inland Mission and the various Scottish Presbyterian Mission Societies, it compares and contrasts gender relations within different British Protestant missions in cross-cultural settings. Drawing on extensive published and archival materials, this study examines how gender, race, class, nationality and theology shaped the polity of Protestant missions and Christian interaction with native peoples. Rather than providing a romantic portrayal of fulfilled professional freedom, this work argues that women's labor in Christian missions, as in the secular British Empire and domestic society, remained under-valued both in terms of remuneration and administrative advancement, until well into the twentieth century. Rich in details and full of insights, this work not only presents the first comparative treatment of gender relations in British Christian missionary movements, but also contributes to an understanding of the importance of gender more broadly in the high imperial age. RHONDA A. SEMPLE is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada.
  

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Contents

the selection
17
the feeblest work in all of India
71
Illustrations
72
Almora leper asylum c 1 890
81
Dr Robert Ashton in the Kachwa hospital
86
we must not forget the work of the native brethren
88
Teachers at the mission high school Almora
90
Pandit Gigari La and Bhotiya boys
101
the Chefoo schools c 1910
164
Students and staff at the Chefoo preparatory school c 1897
169
Original school at Chefoo c 1881
172
Chefoo girls engaged in the sporting life c 1910
186
Benares District Committee c 1910
221
Plan of mission bungalow Benares c 1886
225
The bicycle and the Gospel c 1901
228
fools for Christs sake
229

Mary Buddenthe tigresswith the orphans in Almora c 1890
103
Kachwa mission hospital plans
109
the Church
114
faithfilled generations
154
Miss Few and the girlsfield hockey team
236
Bibliography
251
Index
281
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