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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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Christian women’s movements in secularizing and diversifying contexts: a case study from Belgium

Christian women’s movements in secularizing and diversifying contexts: a case study from Belgium

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(p.117) Six Christian women’s movements in secularizing and diversifying contexts: a case study from Belgium
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Women and Religion
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Nella van den Brandt

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.003.0007

This chapter considers the case of Flanders. In Flanders, Christian women's movements belonging to Catholic civil society used to draw a large following and were able to contribute to the political, religious, and social emancipation of Catholic women throughout Belgium. Today, however, these Christian women's movements face declining membership and the need to ‘reinvent’ themselves according to contemporary times and women's needs. Looking at how a movement that is constitutive of Christian women's history in Flanders rethinks its self-presentation, the chapter aims to generate important insights, both descriptive and normative, into the role and place of Christian feminism and Christian women's movements in the face of social changes that take place across Western Europe.

Keywords:   Flanders, Christian women, Belgium, Catholic civil society, Christian feminism, social changes, Western Europe

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