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Palgrave Macmillan

Finnish Women Making Religion

Between Ancestors and Angels

ISBN 9781137388681
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Finnish Women Making Religion: Between Ancestors and Angels displays a wide range of Finnish women's historical and present-day ways of making religion, within religious institutions, on their margins, and outside. The twelve chapters of the book put forth the complex intersections that Lutheranism, the most important religious tradition in Finland, has had with other religions as well as with the larger society and politics also internationally. Women variously either keep up religious traditions or pursue changes and transformations. For some women, religion is a key instrument in their striving for autonomy, equality, authority, or identity; for others it is used in maintaining or construing ties and relations or creative visions of life.

Terhi Utriainen, PhD, is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Religions and Adjunct Professor in the Study of Religions and Gender Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her research and teaching areas include death and dying, gender, embodiment, rituals, present-day folk religion and alternative religiosity. She is co-editor of the volume Post-Secular Society (2012).

Päivi Salmesvuori, ThD, is Adjunct Professor in the General Church History and Gender Studies at Church History at the Faculty of Theology in the University of Helsinki, Finland. She has specialized in issues pertaining on gender, power, and religion. Her next book Power and Sainthood: The Case of Birgitta of Sweden will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Introduction: Critical and Creative Turns; Terhi Utriainen, Päivi Salmesvuori, and Helena Kupari
1. "Feeding the Dead": Women "Doing" Religion and Kinship in Traditional Russian Orthodox Karelia; Marja-LiisaKeinänen
2. Convincing One's Self and Other People: The Case of Trance Preacher Helena Konttinen; Päivi Salmesvuori
3. Alexandra Gripenberg's Feminist Christianity; Tiina Kinnunen
4. "Our Life Work": Professional Women and Christian Values in Early Twentieth-Century Finland; Heini Hakosalo
5. "A Touch of the Spiritual World": An Anthroposophical Core in the Life and Work of Kersti Bergroth (1886–1975); Tiina Mahlamäki
6. Intersections of Gender, Religion, and Ethnicity in Christian Missions; Seija Jalagin
7.'I Was Both Lutheran and Orthodox': Evacuee Karelian Orthodox Women, Bidenominational Families, and the Making of Religion; Helena Kupari
8. Life-Based; Theology of Finnish Women Theologians; Anni Tsokkinen
9. Servants and Agents: Gender Roles in Neocharismatic Christianity; Tuija Hovi
10. Finnish Women Sacralizing Nature; Heikki Pesonen and Terhi Utriainen
11. Finnish Women's Turn toward India: Negotiations between Lutheran Christianity and Indian Spirituality; Johanna Ahonen
12. Angels, Agency, and Emotions: Global Religion for Women in Finland?; Terhi Utriainen

Johanna Ahonen, University of Turku, Finland
Heini Hakosalo, University of Oulu, Finland
Tuija Hovi, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Seija Jalagin, University of Oulu, Finland
Marja-Liisa Keinänen, Stockholm University, Sweden
Tiina Kinnunen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Helena Kupari, University of Helsinki, Finland
Tiina Mahlamäki, University of Turku, Finland
Heikki Pesonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
Anni Tsokkinen, Diaconia University, Finland


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