French Catholicism

Church, State and Society in a Changing Era

  • Sandy Tippett-Spirtou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 207-238

About this book


The book presents authoritative and comprehensive analysis of the role of the Catholic church in France over 50 years of social, political and theological change. The impact of social secularization, of the changing role of women, attitudes to sexuality, of dramatic political change - from Algeria, the 1960s, the Mitterand era and the rise of Le Pen - and of battles over education are presented in historical context. The church's responses to challenges to its authority, its teachings and structural resources are analysed. The conclusion asks 'Wither the Catholic Church?' in modern France.


battle education France French gender socialization state teaching women

Authors and affiliations

  • Sandy Tippett-Spirtou
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaenFrance
  2. 2.Centre Francophone d’Etudes Supérieures (CFES)AthensGreece

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