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Gender in Scottish History Since 1700$
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Lynn Abrams and Eleanor Gordon

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748617609

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748617609.001.0001

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Gender in Scottish History Since 1700

Callum G. Brown

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the relationship between gender and religion in Scotland, combining the study of religiosity in discourse and experience through the period. It locates Scotland in international debates on gender and religious change, locates gender as central to the historical agenda of religious change in Scotland, and proposes a new historical chronology of Scottish religious change based on gender. Religion is a vital category in any historical treatment of Scotland, and its gendered character has long been a major issue in the study of different periods and themes — from the position of 'the monstrous regiment of women' in the Knoxian Reformation of the sixteenth century, through Scotland's leading role in the European witch hunt of the seventeenth-century, to the early presbyterian ordination of women as clergy and elders from the 1930s.

Keywords:   Religion, Churches, Women, Gender, Sexuality, masculinity

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