A church is lots of women and a preacher: women in an Australian Anglican parish

Julie Manville

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    [Truncated] Despite a prohibition against ordaining women into the priesthood of the Anglican Church of Australia, some Anglican women claim that they are not marginalised by the Church. In order to understand the social processes behind this seemingly contradictory claim, I conducted, in 1988 and 1989, participant observation at an Anglican parish which I call St. Hale's. As a result of its location, the parish was undergoing rapid growth at the time of the fieldwork, and this compelled the parishioners to devise mechanisms for "building community" through the creation of social relationships among the parishioners. The community constructed reflected the parishioners' belief in the essentialist nature of men and women, and was, consequently, gendered. The resulting social organisation had a symbolic permeable boundary between the male domain - associated with parish administration - and the female domain - associated with caring, serving, and nurturing work.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Western Australia
    Publication statusUnpublished - 1995

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