The Making of Manhood among Swedish Missionaries in China and Mongolia, c.1890-c.1914


Over the last thirty years, issues of gender have been creatively explored within the field of mission studies. Whereas the life and work of female missionaries have been fruitfully reflected upon, male gender identity has often been understood as an unchanging category. This book offers a pioneering account of the relationship between missionary work and masculinity. By examining four individual men this study explores how self-making occurred within foreign missions, but also how conceptions of male gender informed missionary work. Changes that occurred in the lives of these men are placed within the broader context of how issues of gender were renegotiated within the contemporary missionary movement.
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Biographical Note

Erik Sidenvall, Th.D. (2001) in Church History, Lund University, is honorary lecturer in Church History at Lund University. He has published a number of articles on modern religious history and is the author of After Anti-Catholcism? John Henry Newman and Protestant Britain, c. 1845-c. 1890 (Continuum, 2005)

Review Quotes

This book […] changes our general outlook on missionaries, casting new light on stereotypes that such individuals applied the same values of their home society in their work zones and that much of European Christian missionary work in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries focused on the “civilizing mission” - Loretta Kim, Albany-SUNY in: Itinerario 2009

This book would be a great source to understand the concepts of gender role and self-making in missionary work for missionary candidates, seminary students, Christian workers, ministers and staff who work for missionary organizations. Shuma Iwai, University of Wisconsin in: Exchange, volume 40 (2011), issue 2.


All those interested in the history of gender and religion, World Christianity, as well as Sinologists, scholars of colonialism and theology.


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