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Title: Mission and development : imagined spaces for women
Author: Gormley, Nuala Bryce
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1998
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This thesis is an ethnographic exploration of the mission place, and the imagined spaces within it that are occupied by women. Based on 21 months of fieldwork in a former mission station located in north-west Uganda, this analysis draws upon geographies of space, development, resistance and of gender and sexuality. Elements of feminist and radical theologies, which frame mission discourse for women are woven into my reflections on women's imagined spaces. A central tenet of the research has been the methodological strategy employed to explore the mission place. By living and working as a foreign lay missionary volunteer, I was integrated in the cross-cultural context of church and aid, while focusing my ethnographic attention on women's lives there. I address issues of ethical concern embodied in this research. This thesis therefore argues for a more nuanced appreciation of the contradictions and choices that characterize women's lives in mission places. Such an appreciation is grounded in the issue of 'accountability' that accompanies the donation of external aid to the mission place. Particular roles have been created for women (and men) within the mission place, which assume certain behaviours and characteristics, and which are often connected to the implementation of development initiatives in that place. Since the construction of these missionary spaces has misinterpreted the sexual role that these women continue to express, their negotiation of compromised and liminal gender roles with sexual dimensions often impinges upon the responsibilities that attend to their imagined missionary space. This results in compromised management of the development initiatives in which they are involved.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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