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By Rebecca J. Lester

In Jesus in Our Wombs, Rebecca J. Lester takes us at the back of the partitions of a Roman Catholic convent in crucial Mexico to discover the lives, education, and reviews of a gaggle of postulants—young ladies within the first level of non secular education as nuns. Lester, who carried out eighteen months of fieldwork within the convent, presents a wealthy ethnography of those younger women's trips as they combat with doubts, fears, targets, and setbacks of their fight to keep on with what they think to be the desire of God. Gracefully written, finely textured, and theoretically rigorous, this booklet considers how those aspiring nuns discover ways to event God through cultivating an altered adventure in their personal girl our bodies, a metamorphosis they view as a political stance opposed to modernity.

Lester explains that the Postulants paintings towards what they see as an "authentic" femininity—one that has been eclipsed via the values of recent society. the result of this technique has political in addition to own effects. The Sisters learn how to comprehend their very intimate reviews of "the Call"—and their offerings in answering it—as politically correct declarations of self. Readers develop into in detail familiar with the personalities, relatives backgrounds, friendships, and aspirations of the Postulants as Lester relates the practices and studies in their day-by-day lives. Combining compassionate, engaged ethnography with an incisive and provocative theoretical research of embodied selves, Jesus in Our Wombs delivers a profound research of what Lester calls the convent's "technology of embodiment" on a number of levels—from the phenomenological to the political.

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