Confronting the Canon in the Classroom

Jean Elisabeth Pedersen

in Teaching Durkheim

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780195165272
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784554 | DOI:

Series: AAR Teaching Religious Studies Series

 Confronting the Canon in the Classroom

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This chapter recounts this book's author's own experiences of teaching Durkheim and introducing feminist theory, which have always occurred in settings where the dominant approach is reading and discussion. Each section takes a similar approach, beginning with an overview of the existing work on Durkheim in a particular area, continuing with an analysis of its relevance to the Elementary Forms of Religious Life, and including a series of possible discussion questions for classroom use. Topics covered include women, sex, and gender in Durkheim's works; Durkheim on divorce and sex education; and feminist theory and Durkheimian social realism.

Keywords: feminist theory; women; sex; gender; divorce; sex education; social realism

Chapter.  12237 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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