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Religiously influenced social movements tend to be characterized as products of the conservative turn in Protestant and Catholic life in the latter part of the twentieth century, with women's mobilizations centering on defense of the “traditional” family. In Liberal Christianity and Women’s Global Activism, Amanda L. Izzo argues that, contrary to this view, liberal wings of Christian churches have remained an instrumental presence in U.S. and transnational politics. Women have been at the forefront of such efforts.

Focusing on the histories of two highly influential groups, the Young Women’s Christian Association of the USA, an interdenominational Protestant organization, and the Maryknoll Sisters, a Roman Catholic religious order, Izzo offers new perspectives on the contributions of these women to transnational social movements, women’s history, and religious studies, as she traces the connections between turn-of-the-century Christian women’s reform culture and liberal and left-wing religious social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Izzo suggests that shared ethical, theological, and institutional underpinnings can transcend denominational divides, and that strategies for social change often associated with secular feminism have ties to spiritually inspired social movements.  
 

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-14
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  1. Part I: Women and Christian Fellowship in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. 1. “Life More Abundant”: The YWCA and the Social Gospel
  2. pp. 19-43
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  1. 2. “By Love, Serve One Another”: Foreign Mission and the Changing Meanings of Evangelization
  2. pp. 44-65
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  1. 3. “Hidden and Effective Service”: The Maryknoll Sisters Enter the Mission Field
  2. pp. 66-88
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  1. Part II: From the Popular Front and American Century to the New Frontier
  2. pp. 89-92
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  1. 4. “Dare We Be as Radical as Our Religion Demands?”: Christian Activism and the Long Red Scare
  2. pp. 93-123
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  1. 5. A “Fifth Column for God”: The Maryknoll Sisters at Midcentury
  2. pp. 124-152
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  1. Part III: “The Ferment of Freedom”
  2. pp. 153-158
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  1. 6. “We Choose to Identify with the Church of the Poor”: Preferential Option in Action
  2. pp. 159-190
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  1. 7. “The Nuns Were Not Just Nuns”: Foreign Mission and Foreign Policy
  2. pp. 191-214
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 215-220
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 221-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-256
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 257-266
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 267-276
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 277-278
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813588506
Related ISBN
9780813588483
MARC Record
OCLC
1020286182
Pages
286
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-28
Language
English
Open Access
No
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