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1st Edition

Embodying Religion, Gender and Sexuality

ISBN 9780367649555
Published December 28, 2020 by Routledge
252 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Taking the notion of embodiment as a starting point, this volume maps the interconnecting relationships between religion, gender and sexuality.

The chapters highlight how the body – its location, the narratives that surround it, its movement and negotiations – is central to understanding these multifaceted relationships. The contributors recognise the ways in which gender and sexuality are crucial to how we embody religion and encourage a more complex and nuanced understanding of embodied religion. The material is organised according to three central themes: (1) the relationship between the religious and the secular; (2) power, regulation and resistance; and (3) the symbolism of gendered bodies.

Cutting across a range of disciplinary perspectives, Embodying Religion, Gender and Sexuality will be relevant to students of sociology, anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, theology and religious studies.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction: Embodying Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Sarah-Jane Page and Katy Pilcher (Aston University, UK)

Part I: Troubling Religious and Secular Dualisms

2. Contested Embodiment: The Use of Prayer in Public Displays of Anti-Abortion Activism

Sarah-Jane Page and Pam Lowe (Aston University, UK)

3. Speaking the Body: Examining the Intersections of Sexuality, Secularity and Religion in Dutch Sexuality Education

Brenda Bartelink and Jelle O. Wiering (University of Groningen)

4. Embodied Conversions and Sexual Selves: New Jewish, Christian and Muslim Women in the Netherlands

Lieke L. Schrijvers (Utrecht University, NL and Ghent University, BEL)

5. Embodying Religion, Gender and Citizenship: A Case Study of Muslim Girls Playing Football in a Dutch Urban Neighbourhood

Kathrine van den Bogert (Radboud University Nijmegen, NL)

Part II: Power, Regulation and Resistance

6. Letting the Juices Flow: Reclaiming the Body through Witchcraft

Emma Quilty (University of Newcastle, Australia)

7. Living an "Orgasmic" life: The Spiritual and Religious Journeys of Practitioners of Orgasmic Meditation

Katy Pilcher (Aston University, UK)

8. Reading Biblical Embodiment Cispiciously

Jo Henderson-Merrygold (University of Sheffield, UK)

9. Appropriate, Enigmatic, Aspirational: The Construction of Femininity in Online Videos for Evangelical Women’s Conferences

Emily Winter (Lancaster University, UK)

Part III: The Symbolism of Gendered Bodies

10. The Empty Womb, the Unanswered Prayer: Female Infertility and Involuntary Childlessness in British Mormon Communities

Alison Halford (Coventry University, UK)

11. Premarital Pregnancy and Embodied Femininity: Women Policing Women in Nigeria’s Christian Communities

George O. Amakor (Aston University, UK)

12. Tangled Layers: The Female Body in the Maghreb at the Intersection of Religion, History, and Culture

Rachida Yassine (Ibn Zohr University, Morocco)

13. Tying the Turban: Gendered Religious Fashion among Sikh Diaspora

Sara Bonfanti (University of Trento, IT)

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Sarah-Jane Page is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, UK

Katy Pilcher is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, UK