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Mission & Cosmopolitan Mothering : Saving Armenian Mothers & Orphans, 1902-1947

Småberg, Maria LU (2017) In Social Sciences and Missions 30(1-2). p.44-73
Abstract

This article discusses and analyzes mothering that crosses boundaries of care in spite of differences of nationality, culture and religion. Swedish missionary Alma Johansson was one of a remarkable number of women missionaries who volunteered as relief workers during the Armenian refugee crisis. These women missionaries were often seen as mothers who were 'saving a whole generation'. The article shows how Johansson acted as an external mother and created transnational bonds of solidarity between Swedish and Armenian mothers. The close relationships became a foundation for Armenian children and women to help themselves. However, in this mothering were also ambivalences.

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Armenian Genocide, Cosmopolitanism, Gender, Humanitarianism, Mothering, Transnationalism
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Social Sciences and Missions
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1-2
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30 pages
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  • scopus:85016937570
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1874-8937
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10.1163/18748945-03001007
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English
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  author       = {Småberg, Maria},
  issn         = {1874-8937},
  keyword      = {Armenian Genocide,Cosmopolitanism,Gender,Humanitarianism,Mothering,Transnationalism},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-2},
  pages        = {44--73},
  series       = {Social Sciences and Missions},
  title        = {Mission & Cosmopolitan Mothering : Saving Armenian Mothers & Orphans, 1902-1947},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/18748945-03001007},
  volume       = {30},
  year         = {2017},
}