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In Africa, why have so many more women converted to Christianity than men? What explains the appeal of Christianity to women? What does religious conversion mean for the negotiation of gender and ethnic identity? What role does religious conversion play as a tool for empowering women? In The Church of Women, Dorothy L. Hodgson looks at how gender has shaped the encounter between missionary priests and Maasai men and women in Tanzania. Building on her extensive experience with Maasai and the Spiritan missionaries, Hodgson explores how gendered change among Maasai has shaped women's notions of religious faith, religious practice, and spiritual power. Hodgson explores the appeal of Catholicism among women in East Africa, the enmeshing of Catholic practice with Maasai spirituality, and the meaning of conversion to new Christians. This rich, engaging, and original book challenges notions about religious encounter and the role of ethnic identity, female authority, and power among Maasai.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. Note on Maasai Terms
  2. p. xvii
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  1. Introduction: Gender, Power, and the Missionary Encounter
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1."Oh She Who Brings the Rain"
  2. pp. 19-67
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  1. 2. Men of the Church
  2. pp. 68-105
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  1. 3. Evangelizing "The Maasai"
  2. pp. 106-144
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  1. 4. The Church of Women
  2. pp. 145-187
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  1. 5. Being a Man in the Church of Women
  2. pp. 188-209
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  1. 6. Possessed by the Spirit
  2. pp. 210-229
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  1. 7. Toward a Maasai Catholicism?
  2. pp. 230-255
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 256-260
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 261-279
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 281-297
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 299-307
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253111210
Print ISBN
9780253345684
MARC Record
OCLC
70701802
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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