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Roman Catholic Girl Guiding in Sussex,1912-1919: origins, ideology, practice

Roman Catholic Girl Guiding in Sussex,1912-1919: origins, ideology, practice

Martin, Mary Clare ORCID: 0000-0002-3568-6423 (2013) Roman Catholic Girl Guiding in Sussex,1912-1919: origins, ideology, practice. Youth & Policy (111). pp. 5-24. ISSN 0262-9798

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This article has significance for the history of youth movements, and for religious and feminist history. It shows how the Roman Catholic Church adopted the Baden-Powell Girl Guide movement, at first almost by default, but then as a means of outreach to attract young women into the church. In the English context this demonstrates how a minority religious organisation could be incorporated into the Scout movement yet retain a distinctive identity. Roman Catholicism fostered the development of another form of internationalism, enabling English Catholic Guides to meet and share in religious rituals with their ‘sisters’ in France and elsewhere. Iconic female figures, notably St Joan of Arc, and adventurous female missionaries were promoted as role-models, thus calling into question the view that the primary ideal of Guiding was domesticated femininity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] This article is in a special issue of the journal Youth & Policy, entitled Youth Recreation and Play, deriving from a conference held at the University of Greenwich in May 2012, and with Greenwich colleagues as contributors. [2] This particular paper was presented at the University of Birmingham in 2007, at a conference to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the YMCA. [3] Other versions of this article were presented at the "Christian Youth Movements" conference, held February 2006, at the University of Birmingham, and at the annual conference of the Social History Society, held March/April 2006, at Reading, UK.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Girl Guides, Roman Catholic, feminism, Sussex
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences
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