Vowed to Community or Ordained to Mission?

Aspects of separation and integration in the Lutheran Deaconess Institute Neuendettelsau, Bavaria
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Lena Böttcher offers an overdue exploration of the early years of the deaconess community in Neuendettelsau from a gender perspective. Drawing on rich archival material, she focuses on the process of a distinctive collective identity. Central to this study is the assumption, drawn from the social sciences, that collective identity is a social construction which requires the participation of the whole group through identification and which is consolidated by developing specific rituals, symbols, codes and normative texts, which facilitate integration, and by constructing external boundaries, which separate from the world and the wider church. This approach highlights the fact that the women were not merely passive recipients but participated and contributed to the formation of a distinct Neuendettelsau deaconess culture. Thus, this study offers an explanation for the popularity such institutes enjoyed amongst single and widowed Protestant women in the latter half of the nineteenth century. In consequence, this study significantly widens the scope of historical research on the Institute which so far has tended to take into account solely the male perspective of the Rektoren.

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ReiheForschungen zur Kirchen- und Dogmengeschichte
ISBN 9783525552636
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.10.2018
Umfang 253 Seiten
Genre Religion, Theologie/Christentum
Format Hardcover
Verlag Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
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