Christian Homes

Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries

Tine Van Osselaer (Editor), Patrick Pasture (Editor),

Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 14

Category: Gender Studies, History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

ISBN: 9789462700185

Publication date: September 29, 2014

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Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 14

Category: Gender Studies, History, History 1800-present, Religion

Language: English

DOI: 10.11116/9789461662101

ISBN: 9789461662101

Publication date: September 29, 2014

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Christian ideas on family, religion, and the home in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries The cult of domesticity has often been linked to the privatization of religion and the idealisation of the motherly ideal of the ‘angel in the house’. This book revisits the Christian home of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and sheds new light on the stereotypical distinction between the private and public spheres and their inhabitants. Emphasizing the importance of patriarchal domesticity during the period and the frequent blurring of boundaries between the Christian home and modern society, the case studies included in this volume call for a more nuanced understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Christian ideas on family, religion, and the home.

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Religion, Family and Domesticity in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries An introduction Tine Van Osselaer
Masculinity, Religiousness and the Domestic Sphere in the German-speaking World around 1900 Bernhard Schneider
The Household of the Pastor An Exponent of Christian Manliness Alexander Maurits
Gender, Family Life and Religious Identity in Nineteenth Century Ultramontane Aristocracy The Example of the House of Arenberg Bertrand Goujon
Making the Charitable Man Catholic Masculinities in Nineteenth-Century France Matthieu Brejon de Lavergnée
Stigmatic Cults and Pilgrimage The Convergence of Private and Public Faith Paula Kane
At Home at War for Christ Domesticity and American Christianity in Europe’s Great War Jonathan H. Ebel
From the Angel of the Household to the Female Apostles of the Twentieth Century Magali Della Sudda
Home is where the Heart is The Sacred Heart Devotion in Catholic Families in Interwar Belgium Tine Van Osselaer
Gatherings at the Family Table Transformations in Christology and Popular Religiosity in Twentieth-Century English Catholicism, 1945-1980 Alana Harris
Bibliography Contributors Colophon

Tine Van Osselaer

Tine Van Osselaer is research professor at Universiteit Antwerpen (Ruusbroec Institute).

Patrick Pasture

Patrick Pasture is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for European Studies at KU Leuven.

Het is een heel bijzonder volume geworden dat aandacht besteedt aan de cultus van de huiselijkheid die in de 19de eeuw ontstaat, ook in katholieke middens. Het is de periode waarin het moederideaal van 'de engel in huis' ontstaat. Het ideaal van het afgesloten huis blijkt echter een latere projectie te zijn. In die oude periode zijn er steevast verbindingslijnen tussen de private sfeer en de publieke sfeer. Tal van detailstudies in dit boek tonen die dwarsverbindingen helder aan. Van Osselaer leidt het thema prachtig in. [...] Het is een academische studie vol verrassende inzichten in de boeiende periode van het rijke Roomse leven.

Nine articles and an introduction make up the collection, edited by Tine Van Osselaer and Patrick Pasture, which is framed around the themes of gender (both women and men), family and domesticity. The collection is a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarly literature seeking to take personal faith more seriously in modern history. It moves beyond the secularisation thesis which has dominated our understanding of Europe's Christian landscape and which has hindered our ability to appreciate the ways in which religious belief functioned in everyday life.
Lucinda Matthews-Jones, English Historical Review (2016) 131 (548): 229-230. doi: 10.1093/ehr/cev341

The essays of 'Christian Homes' represent a necessarily partial approach to a large question, and, as one expects, they are uneven, not least in their facility with English. Nonetheless, they represent a useful reminder that the historians' “angel of the home” was often tacitly Protestant. They suggest that Catholicism is a useful avenue of inquiry into a conceptual tool—the cult of domesticity—that, in spite of extensive critique, remains important to our notion of European modernity.
CAROL E. HARRISON, The Catholic Historical Review (2016, vol. 102, no. 4).

Ciಠdetto, il giudizio su Christian Homes resta senza dubbio positivo per almeno due ragioni: da una parte capacità di mostrare le forzature e te contraddizioni dei processi di costruzione del femminile e del maschile, mettendo in evidenza le similitudini e le differenze fra i due modelli; e dall'altra l'approccio innovativo nello studio della politicizzazione delle devazioni, attento all'elaborazione da parte delle gerarchie ecclesiastiche ma anche alla ricezione da parte dei fedeli
Azzurra Tafuro

In offering well-researched, nuanced and thoughtful insight into the intimate but ever changing connections between religion, family, domesticity in various sites of European Christianity, this collection deepens understanding of the tenacity and varieties of religion centered in the home. And as with any solid contribution it opens up new areas for reflection and comparison.
Religion and Gender. 6(2), pp.336–338. DOI:

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