‘Familiar friends’: Catholic mother–daughter narratives

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    The main theoretical and practical focus of this paper is on the Catholic mother–daughter relationship, and how connections between women shape, and are shaped in, and through this nexus. It is contended that it is imperative that we begin to understand different representations of connections among, and between women, including that of mothers and daughters, as they compose part of the changing yet continual dialect of our (religious) feminine identities.The intent is to embrace the contradictions and polarities, which are apparent in these inter-generational relations. This article is set in middle class suburban Melbourne Australia, and spans the period from the early to late twentieth century.Conversations between an Anglo-Saxon Catholic mother and daughter act a sa catalyst to discuss the matrilineal pedagogical dimensions that mark female relations within social and religious discourses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)450-467
    Number of pages18
    JournalCulture and Religion: an interdisciplinary journal
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Catholicism
    • female connections
    • Mother–daughter relationship
    • narrative inquiry

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