Introduction
in Missionary families
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book explores both the institutional and the intimate history of the missionary family. It argues that situating missionary wives firmly within their familial, as well as their individual, regional and chronological context, allows for greater complexity and nuance in approaching the question of female vocation. Recent work by Esme Cleall has also sought to challenge the historiographical absence of missionary families, using 'families and households as a way in which to explore the intersections between gender, sexuality and race as they developed as discourses of difference'. Throughout its history the London Missionary Society (LMS) was constantly disappointed with the behaviour and function of missionary families. South Seas Mission and South African Mission are the first two missions of the LMS, out on the absolute border of the spiritual frontier.

Missionary families

Race, gender and generation on the spiritual frontier

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