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      Monica D. Fitzgerald

Puritans Behaving Badly

Gender, Punishment, and Religion in Early America

«'In Puritans Behaving Badly, Monica D. Fitzgerald reveals a vibrant and contentious seventeenth-century society. Through gossip, confrontations, and church discipline, neighbors sought to defend reputations and sustain their communities. Deeply researched and well written, this book offers many rich insights about the social roles of men and women.' Alan Taylor, author of Thomas Jefferson's Education»

Tracing the first three generations in Puritan New England, this book explores changes in language, gender expectations, and religious identities for men and women. The book argues that laypeople shaped gender conventions by challenging the ideas of ministers and rectifying more traditional ideas of masculinity and femininity. Les mer
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Tracing the first three generations in Puritan New England, this book explores changes in language, gender expectations, and religious identities for men and women. The book argues that laypeople shaped gender conventions by challenging the ideas of ministers and rectifying more traditional ideas of masculinity and femininity. Although Puritan's emphasis on spiritual equality had the opportunity to radically alter gender roles, in daily practice laymen censured men and women differently – punishing men for public behavior that threatened the peace of their communities, and women for private sins that allegedly revealed their spiritual corruption. In order to retain their public masculine identity, men altered the original mission of Puritanism, infusing gender into the construction of religious ideas about public service, the creation of the individual, and the gendering of separate spheres. With these practices, Puritans transformed their 'errand into the wilderness' and the normative Puritan became female.
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Forlag: Cambridge University Press
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9781108478786
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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«'In Puritans Behaving Badly, Monica D. Fitzgerald reveals a vibrant and contentious seventeenth-century society. Through gossip, confrontations, and church discipline, neighbors sought to defend reputations and sustain their communities. Deeply researched and well written, this book offers many rich insights about the social roles of men and women.' Alan Taylor, author of Thomas Jefferson's Education»

«'Fitzgerald's thorough exploration of the disruptions in Puritan hegemony in early New England brilliantly underscores the gendered nuances of a heavily gendered 'lived faith' that heavily censured aberrations in feminine and masculine performances of identity. A truly impressive and thoughtful contribution to the scholarship of Puritanism and gender history.' Sandra Slater, College of Charleston»

«'Uncovering the experiences of women and men from the church and court disciplinary records of colonial Massachusetts between 1630 and 1725, Fitzgerald has produced an original and compelling contribution to the history of religion and society in early America. Recognising an opportunity in the field for further study of gender, church membership and discipline, the monograph emphasises a key tension between prescribed 'feminized piety' and the preoccupations of colonial men who resisted this model.' Patrick Seamus McGhee, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History»

«'… easily accessible, with engaging case studies that insert the voice and character of individuals to engross the reader.' Kelly Ryan, William and Mary Quarterly»

«'… the book is well written, engaging, and brings Puritan studies into the twenty-first century. It would make an excellent choice for the classroom in courses on gender history, early American history, or religious studies.' Rebecca J. Tannenbaum, Church History»

«'In Puritans Behaving Badly, Fitzgerald argues that the separate spheres ideology, often believed to have emerged in the 19th or 18th century, had origins in the 17th … Fitzgerald's examination of a gendered Puritanism sheds new light on the origin of separate spheres ideology … Recommended.' T. K. Byron, Choice»

Introduction: disciplining the sinful: a gendered lived religion; 1. The great hen squabble and regulating the godly path; 2. Drunkards and fornicators on Meeting House Hill: gendered sin and discipline; 3. 'Wicked tongues and wayward behavior': the language of confession; 4. A 'blubbering' war hero and the middle ground of masculinity: the case of Captain John Underhill; 5. 'Unquiet frame of spirit': Ann Hibbens, a troublesome and insubordinate woman; Conclusion. Three generations in the wilderness: gendered Puritanism and separate spheres; Bibliography; Index.
Monica D. Fitzgerald is a professor in the Justice, Community and Leadership Program at Saint Mary's College of California.