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1st Edition

Gender and Religion

Edited By

Jr. Swatos

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ISBN 9781560006992
Published November 30, 1993 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Few areas in American life have experienced as profound a change in structure and mission as religion in this epoch of women's struggle for complete equality and integration. Until recently, few studies have attempted the sort of empirical and theoretical integration that reveals the magnitude of this shift in basic roles, attitudes and participation in church life. The author has assembled a well-designed and carefully defined volume to give the reader a solid, empirical look at this revolution in religious practice and belief. It also provides an insight into the sharp differences in opinions among women involved in religion: the degree to which women change the structure if liturgy or simply partake of traditions from which they were formally excluded; the extend to which women increase church involvement in social issues or retain a classical orientation to preaching; the extent to which gender has an impact on everything from interpersonal relations of clergy with laity to preaching orientations

Table of Contents

Part One: Women in Religion, 1. Gender and Ministry Style: Things Not What They Seem, The Social Construction o f a New Leadership Role: Catholic Women Pastors, Dual Odination Tracks: Differential Benefits and Costs for Men and Women Clergy, Rabbis and Ministers: Women of the Book and the Cloth, Men Helping Women: A M nastic Case Stud, The Limited Empowerment of Women in Black Spiritual Churches: An Alternative Vehicle to Religious Leadership Part Two: Women’s Experiences with Religion 7. Gender and the Experience of Conversion: The Case of Returnees to Modern Orthodox Judaism 8. Religious Rituals and Secular Rituals: Interpenetrating, Models of Childbirth in a Modern, Israeli Context, The Effects of Ritual Healing on Female Victim s of Abuse: A Study of Empowerment and Transformation 10. Women and the Charismatic Com m unity: Defining the Attraction

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William H. Swatos, Jr lectures widely in sociology and is editor of Sociology of Religion.