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The Gospel of Freedom & PowerProtestant Missionaries in American Culture after World War II$
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Sarah E. Ruble

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835814

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837429_ruble

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(p.121) Chapter Four Gender
The Gospel of Freedom & Power

Sarah E. Ruble

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines conversations about missionaries, gender, and U.S. power in the postwar decades, focusing on the continuous association between masculinity and power, and the historically specific ways that association was manifested. By examining how gender functions in sources ranging from church publications to popular novels, it demonstrates how these conversations reified understandings of gender that underwrote U.S. power abroad. The chapter first considers the ecclesial discussions in the 1950s and shows the results of female missionaries' work. It then focuses on the discussion in popular culture and uses two novels to explore how works that criticized the United States could reify the logic of U.S. power.

Keywords:   missionaries, gender, power, masculinity, church publications

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