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Christiansborg – Acquiring Space To Propagate Basel Femininity

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Missionary female education was the means of choice to induce religious change, while also transmitting to girls and women overseas what the missionary actors saw as a proper femininity. This chapter gives an overview of how actors in Christiansborg, European and local, came to establish the Basel Mission's girls' school, and how this related to ideas of female careers and women's room for manoeuvre in life. It looks at discussions and conflicts which developed in the context of the schools over careers for women and female respectability in the emerging mission community in Christiansborg. On the coast in the early years, the Mission presented a space where unequivocal European middle-class and pietist notions of a respectable marriage as a clearly delimited state encountered local conceptualisations of male-female relationships as a process with fluid boundaries.

Keywords: Basel Mission; Christiansborg; femininity; focal space



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