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Gendering the Study of Religion in the Social Sciences

About the Series

The series invites proposals for books that address the entanglements of religion and gender from a diversity of social scientific perspectives, based on contemporary empirical research on a variety of religious and spiritual manifestations and dynamics in religious contexts. Religion everywhere concerns itself with gender, often upholding and inscribing gender differences. Some feminists have argued that religion is inherently patriarchal and oppressive. At the same time, very often religion is dominated at least numerically by women and social scientists have emphasized the empowering effects that religious experiences can have for women.

The nexus of religion, gender and society raises many interesting questions. How do religious and spiritual practitioners negotiate gender, ethnicity and class in their everyday lives, political projects and spiritual practices? How do they create alternative ways of being and acting in the world? How do they attempt to transform the structures and processes that shape our social and cultural worlds? This series intends to be a platform for research that addresses these kinds of questions. Contributions may come from a variety of disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, religious studies, gender studies, political sciences, history, geography and psychology. We welcome monographs and edited volumes that adopt a gender lens to explore religion using qualitative or mixed methods, investigating also the intersections of ethnicity, class, LGBTQ rights and other relevant topics.



Anna Fedele, CRIA - Lisbon University Institute

Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen

Kristin Aune, Coventry University

Laurel Zwissler, Central Michigan University

Co-founder: Mia Lövheim, Uppsala University

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Editorial Board: 

Alberta Giorgi (University of Bergamo)

Andrea Peto (Central European University)

Anna Clot (University of Barcelona)

Dorota Hall (Polish Academy of Sciences)

Jelle Wiering (University of Groningen)

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Coventry University)

Syed Adnan Hussein (St. Mary's University in Haliax, Canada)

3 Series Titles

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Religion, Gender, and Populism in the Mediterranean

Religion, Gender, and Populism in the Mediterranean

1st Edition


Edited By Alberta Giorgi, Júlia Garraio, Teresa Toldy
November 22, 2023

This book offers a systematic and comparative analysis of the intersections of religion and gender in times of populism across the EU-Mediterranean. The chapters explore tensions and issues related to religion and gender in nations including Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, ...

Embodying Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Embodying Religion, Gender and Sexuality

1st Edition

Edited By Sarah-Jane Page, Katy Pilcher
August 01, 2022

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 ...

Secular Societies, Spiritual Selves? The Gendered Triangle of Religion, Secularity and Spirituality

Secular Societies, Spiritual Selves?: The Gendered Triangle of Religion, Secularity and Spirituality

1st Edition

Edited By Anna Fedele, Kim E. Knibbe
June 03, 2020

Secular Societies, Spiritual Selves? is the first volume to address the gendered intersections of religion, spirituality and the secular through an ethnographic approach. The book examines how ‘spirituality’ has emerged as a relatively ‘silent’ category with which people often signal that they are...

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