Negotiated/Consecrated: A Critique of the Representation of Women Religious in History
Reginald D. Crux, CFX
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In feminist theory, the concept of negotiation is seen as a phenomenon concurrent with domination in androcentric societies. However, women in-volved in the process are not passive sufferers even when they participate in the setting up and maintaining these gender relations. As active agents, however, they account for altering systems and shifting boundaries. This paper will examine briefly how diverse communities of women religious transformed their cloisters through negotiation into spaces of autonomy.

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