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“On heathen ground”: The double bind of women's roles in the Sandwich Islands Mission, 1819–1863


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Abstract (summary)

This study argues that Protestant missionary women in the Sandwich Islands Mission were caught in a double bind between different religious and social ideals of women's proper behavior. Internal and external conflict arose as women strove to embody the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions' directives and New England gender ideals, as expressed in "the cult of true womanhood," and fulfill their desire as Christian women to participate in fulfilling "The Savior's Commission" as active, useful missionaries. The ABCFM directives commissioned missionary women to be ideal examples of domestic Christian womanhood as well as to teach Hawaiian children and be supports to their husbands. In an attempt to integrate the directives of the ABCFM with their own desires, missionary women adapted, resisted, and negotiated the boundaries of proper female behavior as they grappled with living in a foreign frontier.

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Subject
Religious congregations;
Religion;
American history
Classification
0330: Religious congregations
0318: Religion
0337: American history
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Social sciences
Title
“On heathen ground”: The double bind of women's roles in the Sandwich Islands Mission, 1819–1863
Author
Stonis, Michelle Ruth
Number of pages
130
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
6080
Source
MAI 44/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0542517574, 9780542517570
Advisor
Mizelle, Brett
University/institution
California State University, Long Beach
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1431818
ProQuest document ID
305366297
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305366297
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