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Into Africa : A Transnational History of Catholic Medical Missions and Social Change / Barbra Mann Wall.

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Author/Creator:
Wall, Barbra Mann author., Author,
Publication:
New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (224 p.) : 12 photographs, 6 tables
Subjects:
Medical care -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Medical personnel -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Missions, Medical -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Women missionaries -- Africa, Sub-Saharan.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
Winner of the 2016 Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing Awarded first place in the 2016 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award in the History and Public Policy category The most dramatic growth of Christianity in the late twentieth century has occurred in Africa, where Catholic missions have played major roles. But these missions did more than simply convert Africans. Catholic sisters became heavily involved in the Church's health services and eventually in relief and social justice efforts. In Into Africa, Barbra Mann Wall offers a transnational history that reveals how Catholic medical and nursing sisters established relationships between local and international groups, sparking an exchange of ideas that crossed national, religious, gender, and political boundaries. Both a nurse and a historian, Wall explores this intersection of religion, medicine, gender, race, and politics in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the years following World War II, a period when European colonial rule was ending and Africans were building new governments, health care institutions, and education systems. She focuses specifically on hospitals, clinics, and schools of nursing in Ghana and Uganda run by the Medical Mission Sisters of Philadelphia; in Nigeria and Uganda by the Irish Medical Missionaries of Mary; in Tanzania by the Maryknoll Sisters of New York; and in Nigeria by a local Nigerian congregation. Wall shows how, although initially somewhat ethnocentric, the sisters gradually developed a deeper understanding of the diverse populations they served. In the process, their medical and nursing work intersected with critical social, political, and cultural debates that continue in Africa today: debates about the role of women in their local societies, the relationship of women to the nursing and medical professions and to the Catholic Church, the obligations countries have to provide care for their citizens, and the role of women in human rights. A groundbreaking contribution to the study of globalization and medicine, Into Africa highlights the importance of transnational partnerships, using the stories of these nuns to enhance the understanding of medical mission work and global change.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
FIGURES
TABLES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ABBREVIATIONS
1. Medical Missions in Context
2. Nursing, Medicine, and Mission in Ghana
3. Shifting Mission in Rural Tanzania
4. Catholic Medical Missions and Transnational Engagement in Nigeria
5. Transnational Collaboration in Primary Health Care
6. Appraising Women Religious and Their Mission Work
Note on Sources
Notes
Index
About the Author
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 21. Dez 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9780813566238
OCLC:
921988845
Publisher Number:
10.36019/9780813566238 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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