The construction of masculinities and femininities in the Church of England:the case of the male clergy spouse


The ordination of women to the priesthood in the Church of England in 1994 signified great change. The impact of the new priests was well documented, and their integration became the focus of much research in the following years. One important area of change was the altered dynamics of gender identity. New roles had opened up for women, but new identities had also emerged for men. While women priests were a new historical emergence, so too were clergy husbands. This paper will consider the historical construction of masculinities and femininities within the church and will go on to look at this in the context of clergy spouses, specifically focusing on men occupying this role. Some provisional findings, acting as work in progress, will be considered.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Policy
Uncontrolled Keywords: clergy spouse,gender identity,Church of England,masculinities,Church work
Publication ISSN: 1745-5189
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:08
Date Deposited: 31 May 2012 11:56
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2008-09
Authors: Page, Sarah-Jane (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6879-536X)



Version: Accepted Version

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