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Sexual control and the remaking of gender: the attempt of nineteenth-century protestant Norwegian women to export Western domesticity to Madagascar

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posted on 27.10.2011, 13:29 by Line Nyhagen
This article explores how nineteenth-century Protestant women missionaries utilized categories of morality and religion, gender, sexuality, race, and class in an effort to elevate the status of "heathen" women through exporting a Western notion of women's domesticity. The case of a Lutheran boarding school for girls that the Norwegian Missionary Society established in Madagascar in 1872 is used to examine how these categories were sought, made, and remade through discipline and social control, and how those subjected to discipline and control limited the effectiveness of missionaries' efforts. Through close readings of missionary texts, it is possible to detect both subtle and not-so-subtle acts of resistance on the part of Malagasies living at the boarding school.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Citation

NYHAGEN PREDELLI, L., 2000. Sexual control and the remaking of gender: the attempt of nineteenth-century protestant Norwegian women to export Western domesticity to Madagascar. Journal of Women's History, 12 (2), pp. 81-103

Publisher

© John Hopkins University Press

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publication date

2000

Notes

This article is closed access, it was published in the serial, Journal of Women's History [© John Hopkins University Press]. The definitive version is available at: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jowh/summary/v012/12.2predelli.html

ISSN

1042-7961

Language

en

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