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Kvinnligt klosterliv i Sverige och Norden. En motkultur i det moderna samhället

Werner, Yvonne Maria LU ; af Jochnick Östborn, Agneta; Åmell, Katrin; Laghé, Birgitta and Brodd, Sven-Erik (2005)
Abstract
Female religious communities, and later also convents, accompanied the return of the Roman Catholic Church to the Nordic countries in the middle of the nineteenth century. These religious communities were mostly so-called active orders or congregations, who helped in par-ishes or ran private schools, orphanages or nursing homes. In the 1930s there were nearly 1,400 Catholic sisters working in Scandinavia. At the same time, there was a growing interest for regulated religious life within the established Lutheran Churches, and small communities – mostly female – were founded. Until recently, however, monasticism was rejected as "Catholic" and thereby foreign to Nordic national identity. Religious communities were re-garded as a tool of Roman... (More)
Female religious communities, and later also convents, accompanied the return of the Roman Catholic Church to the Nordic countries in the middle of the nineteenth century. These religious communities were mostly so-called active orders or congregations, who helped in par-ishes or ran private schools, orphanages or nursing homes. In the 1930s there were nearly 1,400 Catholic sisters working in Scandinavia. At the same time, there was a growing interest for regulated religious life within the established Lutheran Churches, and small communities – mostly female – were founded. Until recently, however, monasticism was rejected as "Catholic" and thereby foreign to Nordic national identity. Religious communities were re-garded as a tool of Roman Catholic propaganda, especially insidious to Nordic women. According to the mainstream Nordic tradition at the time, women’s calling was to marry and bear children. The female religious communities thus represented not only an alternative form of life but also a counter-culture in the Lutheran Nordic society.

In the present book, we meet this female counter-culture in its various forms and expressions. The articles focus partly on Nordic Christian women, Catholic converts as well as members of the established Lutheran churches who were attracted to regulated religious life, and partly on sisters in Catholic religious congregations working in the Nordic countries. A common trait is that these women, although in various ways, traversed contemporary social and religious boundaries. By studying a variety of female religious orders and congregations, the authors have highlighted the frequently tense relation between "Catholic" and "Nordic" values, between tradition and modernity, and between Nordic and foreign. The long time period studied allows for the making of diachronic comparisons and to record transitions and changes in attitude and behaviour. (Less)
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ecklesiology, female counter-culture, mission, national identity, spirituality, religious orders and congregations, Nuns and sisters, Catholicism
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Catholica
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91-86428-05-5
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Det kvinnliga klosterväsendet i Norden
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Swedish
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In the present book, we meet this female counter-culture in its various forms and expressions. The articles focus partly on Nordic Christian women, Catholic converts as well as members of the established Lutheran churches who were attracted to regulated religious life, and partly on sisters in Catholic religious congregations working in the Nordic countries. A common trait is that these women, although in various ways, traversed contemporary social and religious boundaries. By studying a variety of female religious orders and congregations, the authors have highlighted the frequently tense relation between "Catholic" and "Nordic" values, between tradition and modernity, and between Nordic and foreign. The long time period studied allows for the making of diachronic comparisons and to record transitions and changes in attitude and behaviour.},
  author       = {Werner, Yvonne Maria and af Jochnick Östborn, Agneta and Åmell, Katrin and Laghé, Birgitta and Brodd, Sven-Erik},
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  keyword      = {ecklesiology,female counter-culture,mission,national identity,spirituality,religious orders and congregations,Nuns and sisters,Catholicism},
  language     = {swe},
  publisher    = {Catholica},
  title        = {Kvinnligt klosterliv i Sverige och Norden. En motkultur i det moderna samhället},
  year         = {2005},
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