Missionary families

Race, gender and generation on the spiritual frontier

By Emily Manktelow

Missionary families


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9670-9
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £21.99
  • Published Date: February 2015
  • BIC Category: History, United Kingdom, Great Britain, European history, Colonialism & imperialism, HISTORY / Social History, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Missionary families were an integral component of the missionary enterprise, both as active agents on the global religious stage and as a force within the enterprise that shaped understandings and theories of mission itself. Taking the family as a legitimate unit of historical analysis in its own right for the first time, Missionary families traces changing familial policies and lived realities throughout the nineteenth century and powerfully argues for the importance of an historical understanding of the missionary enterprise informed by the complex interplay between the intimate, the personal and the professional. By looking at marriage, parenting and childhood, along with professionalism, vocation and domesticity, this first in-depth study of missionary families reveals their profound importance to the missionary enterprise, and concludes that mission history can no longer be written without attention to the personal, emotional and intimate aspects of missionary lives.


This expertly researched and well-written book forces us to rethink the importance of family and marriage to missionary history and will be valuable to scholars of many disciplines., Jessica Thurlow, Aurora University, Journal of British Studes, Vol 54/Issue 1/Jan 15/ pp236-237, 16 January 2015|, highly readable, and detailed., Alison Fletcher, Juniata College, The Journal of Modern History, Vol. 87, No. 2 (June 2015), pp. 435-437, 1 June 2015


General Editor's introduction
1. Introduction
2. The rise and fall of the missionary wife
3. Missionary marriage
4. The missionary family
5. Missionary mothers and fathers
6. Missionary children
7. Epilogue: Second-generation missionaries
8. Conclusion


Emily J. Manktelow is a Lecturer in British Imperial History at the University of York

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