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'For this I was made': Conflict and calling in the role of a woman priest

'For this I was made': Conflict and calling in the role of a woman priest

Madden, Adrian ORCID: 0000-0002-3193-5808, Bailey, C. and Kerr, R. C. J. (2015) 'For this I was made': Conflict and calling in the role of a woman priest. Work, Employment & Society, 29 (5). pp. 866-874. ISSN 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:

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There has been an increasing focus on ‘work as calling’ in recent years, but relatively few empirical sociological accounts that shed light on the experience of performing calling work. Although callings have generally been referred to as positive and fulfilling to the individual and as beneficial to society, researchers have also suggested there is a ‘dark side’ to calling, and have drawn attention to the potential conflicts and tensions inherent in the pursuit of calling, especially for women. This article explores these themes through the first-hand experiences of one woman who felt called to work as a priest. Her narrative illustrates how callings draw the individual irresistibly towards a particular line of work. It also shows how calling work can be both satisfying individually and beneficial to the wider community but, at the same time, involves sacrifice, compromise and a willingness to defer personal rewards.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Women’s callings, Religious work, Conflicts in women’s callings, Vocation, Work intensity of callings, Women priests
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 19 May 2020 15:02

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