Living feminism and leaving Catholicism in Victoria, BC since the 1960s

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dc.contributor.author Greenup, Erica
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-23T00:34:38Z
dc.date.copyright 2021 en_US
dc.date.issued 2021-09-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/13406
dc.description.abstract Since the 1960s, religious adherence in Canada has declined with ‘no religion’ slowly taking its place. Although British Columbia has been less religious than the rest of Canada since its early settler days, the currents of postwar secularization can still be assessed. In this thesis, I look at secularization on a denominational, regional, and gender specific scale. Through the oral testimonies of eleven women who were raised Catholic in Victoria, and who left Catholicism in the ‘long sixties,’ I discuss the way the Catholic Sisters of St Ann modeled autonomy for these women in how they were educated within the Catholic church and I investigate how cultural and societal discourse regarding women’s liberation, autonomy and individualism impacted their departure. In leaving the Catholic church, these women joined the ranks of the rising ‘religious nones’ in this region, however their departure from organized religion did not always mean a rejection of belief in a higher power or spirituality, with the majority retaining some form of spirituality throughout their lives. Despite this, their departure from institutional religion and lack of religious socialization for their children influenced the subsequent irreligiosity of their children and grandchildren. I argue that these women engaged with the calls for women’s autonomy in the long sixties, and in their actions influenced intergenerational secularization. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject secularization en_US
dc.subject feminism en_US
dc.subject long sixties en_US
dc.subject Catholic en_US
dc.subject spirituality en_US
dc.subject oral history en_US
dc.subject Victoria en_US
dc.subject British Columbia en_US
dc.subject cultural analysis en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject Sisters of St Ann en_US
dc.subject St Ann's Academy en_US
dc.subject Catholicism en_US
dc.title Living feminism and leaving Catholicism in Victoria, BC since the 1960s en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Marks, Lynne Sorrel
dc.degree.department Department of History en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.embargo 2022-09-10

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