1st Edition

Women, Mission and Church in Uganda Ethnographic encounters in an age of imperialism, 1895-1960s

By Elizabeth Dimock Copyright 2017
    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume recounts the experiences of female missionaries who worked in Uganda in and after 1895. It examines the personal stories of those women who were faced with a stubbornly masculine administration representative of a wider masculine administrative network in Westminster and other outposts of the British Empire. Encounters with Ugandan women and men of a range of ethnicities, the gender relations in those societies and relations between the British Protectorate administration and Ugandan Christian women are all explored in detail. The analysis is offset by the author’s experience of working in Uganda at the close of British Protectorate status in the 1960s, employed by the Uganda Government Education Department in a school founded by the Uganda Mission.

    List of Illustrations


    A Note on Orthography and Semantics

    A Note on Primary Sources


    Part I: Imperial Awakenings

    1. Women, the Church Missionary Society and Imperialism
    2. ‘In Journeyings Oft’: Missionary Journeys to and around Uganda at the end of the Nineteenth Century
    3. Part II: Arrivals

    4. Welcome encounters: Early relations with Ugandans
    5. Female Missionaries and Moral Authority: A case study from Toro
    6. Part III: Mission and Church

    7. Ugandan Women and the Church: Generational change
    8. The experience of Ugandan Women in Mission and Church Organisations
    9. Training for Motherhood: the Mothers’ Union
    10. Part IV: Tensions Within

    11. A Christian Women’s protest in Buganda in 1931
    12. Tensions within the Uganda Mission: Gender and Patriarchy



    Elizabeth Dimock is Honorary Research Fellow in the History Programme at La Trobe University, Australia.