1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion, Gender and Society

Edited By Caroline Starkey, Emma Tomalin Copyright 2022
    650 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    650 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

      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


    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.