Catholic Women Of Congo-brazzaville: Mothers And Sisters In Troubled Times

Paperback | February 6, 2009

byPhyllis M. Martin

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Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville explores the changing relationship between women and the Catholic Church from the establishment of the first mission stations in the late 1880s to the present. Phyllis M. Martin emphasizes the social identity of mothers and the practice of motherhood, a prime concern of Congolese women, as they individually and collectively made sense of their place within the Church. Martin traces women's early resistance to missionary overtures and church schools, and follows their relationship with missionary Sisters, their later embrace of church-sponsored education, their participation in popular Catholicism, and the formation of women's fraternities. As they drew together as mothers and sisters, Martin asserts, women began to affirm their place in a male-dominated institution. Covering more than a century of often turbulent times, this rich and readable book examines an era of far-reaching social change in Central Africa.

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Catholic Women of Congo-Brazzaville explores the changing relationship between women and the Catholic Church from the establishment of the first mission stations in the late 1880s to the present. Phyllis M. Martin emphasizes the social identity of mothers and the practice of motherhood, a prime concern of Congolese women, as they indiv...

Phyllis M. Martin is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University Bloomington. She is editor (with Patrick O'Meara) of Africa (IUP, 1995) and author of Leisure and Society in Colonial Brazzaville.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.6 inPublished:February 6, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253220556

ISBN - 13:9780253220554

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Mothers at Risk
2. The First Generation
3. Means of Transition
4. Religious Sisters and Mothers
5. Toward a Church of Women
6. Women Together
Epilogue: Mothers and Sisters in War and Peace

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Martin has knitted extensive archival research, keen historical awareness of broader Congolese history, cultural insights captured in Kongolese proverbs and other anthropological sources, and personal interviews to deliver an intriguing story.... The history of Africa, and especially of African Christianity, needs many more studies like this one." -International Journal of African Historical Studies