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Author Croll, Rie, 1963- author.

Title Shaped by silence : stories from the inmates of the Good Shepherd laundries and reformatories / Rie Croll
Published St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador : ISER Books, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series Social and economic studies ; no. 83
Social and economic studies (St. John's, N.L.) ; no. 83.
Contents Broken up and upside down -- Baptized in disinfectant -- Behind the clock -- These lovely Christian people -- Dissociation -- Enduring legacies
Summary "Shaped by Silence brings together the powerful and devastating stories of five women from Ireland, Canada, and Australia whose lives were shaped by forced confinement in Magdalene laundries and related reform "schools" operated by the Roman Catholic Order of Sisters of the Good Shepherd. Their narratives include one teenager's experience in a Good Shepherd training school in Toronto, Canada; one story of a child born into a Canadian Good Shepherd laundry; and three accounts of adolescent girls incarcerated in Good Shepherd Magdalene laundries in Ireland and Australia. In the Good Shepherd reform institutions, supposedly convertible souls became a coerced workforce. Hard, unpaid, and relentless physical toil, isolation from unseemly forces, and prayer were a large part of the nuns' strategy for converting their charges into the Christian image of pure womanhood. Girls and women suffered unspeakable physical, psychological, and emotional abuse. While intimately capturing dark journeys, these stories also offer hope. They represent pathways for re-envisioning our cultural practices and creating space for important alternative narratives. "-- Provided by publisher
Analysis 20th century
Church work with prostitutes
Institutional care
Reformatories for women
Unmarried mothers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Sisters of the Good Shepherd -- History -- 20th century
Sisters of the Good Shepherd
Women -- Institutional care -- History -- 20th century
Reformatories for women -- History -- 20th century
Unmarried mothers -- Institutional care -- History -- 20th century
Church work with prostitutes -- History -- 20th century
Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation -- History -- 20th century
Church work with prostitutes
Prostitutes -- Rehabilitation
Reformatories for women
Unmarried mothers -- Institutional care
Women -- Institutional care
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1894725573