Religious Institutes and Catholic Culture in 19th and 20th Century Europe

Edited by Urs Altermatt, Jan De Maeyer, and Franziska Metzger

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A broad perspective on the role of religious institutes in social and cultural practices
This volume examines the cultural contribution of religious institutes, men and women religious, and their role in the constitution of Catholic communities of communication in different European countries (England, Germany, Liechtenstein, the Low Countries, the Nordic Countries, Switzerland). The articles focus on social and cultural history by comparing both discourses and cultural and social practices, as well as examining international networks and cultural transference. How did religious institutes function as cultural elites in the production and mediation of knowledge, ideologies, cultural codes, and practices? What kind of discursive and operational strategies did they use to help construct and propagate social Catholicism, ultramontanism, and confessionalism, and to establish and promote the Catholic communication system? What were the central mechanisms in the production of knowledge and how were they incorporated within identity politics?

The volume also takes a broad perspective on the role of religious institutes in the production and propagation of religious, cultural, and social practices, and in the socialisation of the Catholic population. The focus is on cultural practices, on the transmission and transformation of attitudes, and on the rites and customs in everyday religious and social practices.

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Urs Altermatt, Jan De Maeyer & Franziska Metzger

Religious Institutes as a Factor of Catholic Communities of Communication
Urs Altermatt & Franziska Metzger

Catholic Intellectual Elites in the Netherlands
Fruitful and Vulnerable Alliances during the Interbellum
Marit Monteiro

Stimmen der Zeit and Benediktinische Monatsschrift
The Different Approaches of two Religious Orders to the Cultural Communication of the Weimar Republic
Joachim Schmiedl
Convent Schools in Central Switzerland
Sites of Female Catholic Identity Construction and Networking for Catholic Laywomen
Esther Vorburger-Bossart

The Institut St. Elisabeth
A Place of Conservation and Encouragement of a Catholic Identity for the Female Youth of Liechtenstein
Martina Sochin D' Elia

Creating and Disseminating a Catholic Subculture through Children's Literature
The Forgotten Role of the Publishing Houses of Religious Institutes
Jan De Maeyer
Starving, Spanking and Steam Trains
English Catholic Patriotism and Bodily Penitence in the Children's Writing of Frances Taylor and Elizabeth Giles
Katherine Harper
The Scandinavian Mission of the Sisters of Saint Joseph
A Female Counter-Culture in Nordic Society
Yvonne Maria Werner
Religious Communities and the Catholic Poverty Discourse in the First Half of the 19th Century
The Relationship between Charitable Service and Denomination-specific Identity as reflected in the Church Press
Patrick Bircher (†)

Belgian Jesuits and their Labourer Retreats (c. 1890-1914)
Kristien Suenens

Urs Altermatt & Franziska Metzger





Format: Edited volume - ebook - PDF

215 pages

ISBN: 9789461662149

Publication: March 05, 2014

Series: KADOC-Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 13

Languages: English

Franziska Metzger is Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Fribourg.
Jan De Maeyer is professor emeritus of contemporary church history at KU Leuven and honorary director of KADOC-KU Leuven. His research focuses on political and social Catholicism, material Christianity, and the development of religious institutions and congregations.
Urs Altermatt is Professor Emeritus in Contemporary History at the University of Fribourg.

But on the whole, the articles were engaging, informative, thought provoking and elicited a desire to delve deeper. The collection represents both a tribute of recognition to the orders and congregations whose works are described and a welcome contribution to nineteenth and early twentieth-century social and religious history.
Anselm Nye, Trajecta Portal

Academic libraries should acquire this series of important explorations for the use of students
and researchers.
Paul Misner, Marquette University, The Catholic Historical Review, 2014, vol. 100, no. 4


[...] there is no doubt that each chapter was well researched. They all focus on the considerable impact of religious men and women on their respective country's Catholic 'community of communication'. In this respect, the publication is a success.
History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland, Dr. Joos van Vugt, Radboud University Nijmegen, April 2014