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Gendered Spiritualities

Meredith B. McGuire

in Lived Religion

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195172621
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851942 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.003.0007
Gendered Spiritualities

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This chapter examines gender differences in individual religious practices. Gender profoundly affects people's religion-as-lived because gender differentiation permeates so many aspects of life in most cultures. These include men's involvement in child rearing and creating artwork and women's role in breadwinning and warfare. The religious meanings attached to gendered bodies has been contested and one such meaning—gender hierarchy—has been deeply interwoven into most of the historically dominant, widespread religions.

Keywords: gender differences; religious practices; gender hierarchy; lived religion; gendered bodies

Chapter.  9984 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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