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Altruism and Sacrifice: Anglican Priests Managing ‘Intensive’ Priesthood and Motherhood

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Sarah-Jane Page

Aston University, Birmingham, UK, GB
About Sarah-Jane
Sarah-Jane Page is Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University (UK).
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Abstract

Motherhood and Priesthood are two roles that carry with them particular expectations and demands; both are premised on the notion of altruism and sacrifice, constant availability, and putting the needs of others before one’s own. This has also been gendered; sacrifice and altruism have traditionally been connected with women. This article will examine what happens when clergy mothers simultaneously enact the roles of priesthood and motherhood, and how this is managed in the context of ‘intensive’ motherhood and priesthood. Based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with 17 clergy mothers in the Anglican Church, it will highlight the contradictions, negotiations and interweaving which occurs for both roles to be concurrently enacted, offering a contextual insight into the management of motherhood vis-à-vis professional life.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10127
How to Cite: Page, S.-J., (2016). Altruism and Sacrifice: Anglican Priests Managing ‘Intensive’ Priesthood and Motherhood. Religion and Gender. 6(1), pp.47–63. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.10127
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Published on 20 Jun 2016.
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