Stolen Daughters, Virgin Mothers

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Overview

A study of the social history and cultural significance of the sisterhoods that sprang up in Victorian Britain, examining the lives of women who pushed the boundaries of what women could do within the Anglican Church and paved the way for modern social workers. So successful were they in organizing and recruiting that they threatened to undermine the ideal of domestic life for women.

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A study of the social history and cultural significance of the sisterhoods which sprang up in Victorian Britain, examining the lives of women who pushed the boundaries of what women could do within the Anglican Church and paved the way for modern social workers. Their organization, the focus of heated debate, was the only Anglican organization that offered full-time work for women of all social classes. They were so successful in recruiting that they threatened to undermine the ideal of domestic life for women. Distributed by Continuum. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780718501518
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2001
  • Pages: 322
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Mumm teaches at the Faculty of Arts at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
Pt. I Overview
1 'Those Wicked Nuns': The Forgotten Story of the Sisterhood Movement 3
Pt. II The Reality of Sisterhoods
2 'The Eager Life Here Just Suits Me': The Attractions of Convent Life for Victorian Women 13
3 'A Free Person in a Community of Equals': The Government and Daily Life of Sisterhoods 57
4 'We have Heads and Hands': Sisterhood Work among the Urban Working Class 93
Pt. III Popular Perceptions of Sisterhoods
5 'They will not Obey': The Clerical Response to Sisterhoods 137
6 'A Bombshell to Public Opinion': Popular Perceptions of Sisterhoods in Victorian Britain 166
Conclusion: 'A Field Wider than Private Life': The Place of Anglican Sisterhoods in Victorian History 207
App. 1 Anglican Sisterhoods Established 1845-1900 211
App. 2 Parental Occupations Listed in Profession Rolls 215
App. 3 The Case of a Single-Order Community: The Community of St. Mary the Virgin, Wantage 217
App. 4 Clothing and Profession Rates in Two Communities 218
App. 5 Rates of Growth in the First 25 Years after Founding Selected Communities 219
App. 6 Professions by Decade: 1840s-1890s 220
App. 7 Attrition in Communities 221
App. 8 CRJBS: Convent Account for 1906 222
App. 9 The Sisters of the Church: Principal Works, as Reported to Archbishop Benson in 1894 224
Notes 226
Bibliography 268
Index 300
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