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The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society

ISBN 9781138601901
Published December 31, 2021 by Routledge
650 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In an era which many now recognise as ‘post-secular’, the role that religions play in shaping gender identities and relationships has been awarded a renewed status in the study of societies and social change. In both the Global South and the Global North, in the 21st century, religiosity is of continuing significance, not only in people’s private lives and in the family, but also in the public sphere and with respect to political and legal systems. The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society is an outstanding reference source to these key topics, problems and debates in this exciting subject area. Comprising over 40 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is divided into 3 parts:

• Critical debates for religions, gender and society: theories, concepts and methodologies

• Issues and themes in religions, gender and society

• Contexts and locations

Within these sections, central issues, debates and problems are examined, including activism, gender analysis, intersectionality and feminism, oppression and liberation, equality, bodies and embodiment, space and place, leadership and authority, diaspora and migration, marriage and the family, generation and aging, health and reproduction, education, violence and conflict, ecology and climate change and the role of social media.

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society is essential reading for students and researchers in religious studies and gender studies. The Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as cultural studies, area studies, politics, sociology, anthropology and history.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Emma Tomalin and Caroline Starkey

      Part 1: Critical debates for religions, gender and society: theories, concepts and methodologies

    3. Gender in Religion, Religion in Society: The Agency and Identity of Christian Women
    4. Esther McIntosh

    5. The Feminism Conundrum: A Contested Term for the Study of Religion and Gender
    6. Chia Longman

    7. Oppression or Liberation? Moving Beyond Binaries in Religion and Gender Studies
    8. Line Nyhagen

    9. Gender, Religion and Postcolonialism: The Birhen sa Balintawak and Masculinities in the Philippines
    10. Peter-Ben Smit

    11. Buddhist Nuns and Civil Activism in Transitional Myanmar
    12. Sneha Roy

    13. Reclaiming Public and Digital Spaces: Feminism and Secularism
    14. Sehrish Mushtaq and Fawad Baig

    15. Enacting Agency Online: Muslim and Mormon Women Bloggers in the United States
    16. Rosemary Hancock

    17. Space, Boundaries and Borders in the Study of Religion, Gender and Society
    18. Orlando Woods

    19. Bodies and Embodiment: The Somatic Turn in the Study of Religion and Gender
    20. Mariecke van den Berg

    21. Narrative approaches to religion and gender: a biographic study with Christian young men
    22. Joshua Heyes

    23. When my work is found wanting: Power, Intersectionality, Postcolonialism and the Reflexive Feminist Researcher
    24. Dawn Llewellyn

      Part 2: Issues and themes in religions, gender and society

    25. Butch lesbians, femme queens and promiscuous clergy: Queering the body politics of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa
    26. Megan Robertson

    27. Gender Variance and the Abrahamic Faiths
    28. Susannah Cornwall

    29. Migration and Law in the Middle East and North Africa
    30. Nadia Sonneveld

    31. Religion and Intimate Life: Marriage, Family and Sexuality
    32. Sarah-Jane Page

    33. Age, Gender and De-churchisation
    34. Abby Day

    35. Gender, Religion and Childhood: Towards a new research agenda
    36. Rachael Shillitoe and Céline Benoit

    37. Mothers, Bodhisattvas and Women of Tomorrow: Religiously Connotated Gender Roles in a Buddhist Vocational School in Japan
    38. Aura di Febo

    39. Articulating the neoliberal motherhood discourse: visions of gender in Japanese new religions
    40. Paola Cavaliere

    41. Women, Religion and the State: A Gendered Analysis of the Catholic Church, the State and the Rise of Evangelical Protestantism on Women’s Roles and Women’s Rights in Brazil
    42. Kim Beecheno

    43. Religion, Gender Justice, Violence and Peace
    44. Dr. Atalia Omer

    45. Religion and Sexual Violence
    46. Johanna Stiebert

    47. Gender and International development: searching for game changers in the midst of polarisation
    48. Brenda Bartelink

    49. A Decological Way to Dialogue: Rethinking Ecofeminism and Religion
    50. Elaine Nogueira-Godsey

      Part 3: Contexts and Locations

    51. Religion and Gender in Europe: Thinking through Politico-social and Theoretical Challenges
    52. Nella van den Brandt

    53. Religion and Masculinities in Europe
    54. Stephen Hunt

    55. The Legacy of Colonialism and the Regulation of Gender in North America
    56. Danielle Dempsey

    57. Troubling the Demonic: Anti-Blackness, Heterosexual Black Masculinity and the Study of Religion in North America
    58. Ronald Neal

    59. Religion and Gender Dynamics in Latin American Societies
    60. Ana Lourdes Suarez

    61. Latin America – Religion, gender, masculinities and sexual diversity
    62. André S. Musskopf

    63. Women, religion and social inequality in India: intersectionality, nationalism and religious change
    64. Emma Tomalin

    65. Hindu Muscular Nationalism: Politicized Hinduism and Manhood in India
    66. Sikata Banerjee

    67. "A Monster Had Eaten Me Whole": Religiously Inspired Charitable Organisations (RICOs) as ‘Retreat’ for Women in Contemporary Urban China
    68. Hollie Gowan

    69. Masculinities and Religion in South East Asia
    70. Teguh Wijaya Mulya and Joseph Goh

    71. Reform, Continuities and Conservatism in the Middle East and North Africa
    72. An van Raemdonck

    73. Toward a more comprehensive approach to understanding the construction of Islamic masculinities
    74. Mhajne Anwar

    75. Exploring Tensions: Gender and Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa
    76. Nadine Bowers Du Toit and Elisabet Le Roux

    77. Religions and Masculinities in Africa: Power, Politics, Performance
    78. Benjamin Kirby and Adriaan van Klinken

    79. Women and Religion in Oceania
    80. Anna Halafoff and Kathleen McPhillips

    81. Masculinity, Religion and Society in Oceania

                   Joshua Roose

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Caroline Starkey is Associate Professor of Religion and Society, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds, UK.

Emma Tomalin is Professor of Religion and Public Life, School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science, University of Leeds, UK.