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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Religious Institutes as a Factor of Catholic Communities of Communication
Catholic Intellectual Elites in the Netherlands
Stimmen der Zeit and Benediktinische Monatsschrift
The Institut St. Elisabeth
Creating and Disseminating a Catholic Subculture through Children's Literature
Belgian Jesuits and their Labourer Retreats (c. 1890-1914)
Format: Edited volume - ebook
Publication: March 05, 2014
Jan De Maeyer is full professor at KU Leuven and director of KADOC KU Leuven, Documentation and Research Centre for Religion, Culture and Society. He is president of the Belgian Historical Institute in Rome and author of several publications on political and social Catholicism, material Christianity, and the development of religious institutions.
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
[...] 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