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Religion and Gender

Sîan Hawthorne

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199588961.013.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and Gender

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This article notes that the study of religion in general, and not just the sociology of religion, often tends to be slower than other branches of the social sciences and humanities to take up and test new sociological thinking and theory. This slowness is evident in relation to feminist and gender theory, which had already become a meta-critical tool in the social sciences and humanities before the study of religion sought to engage with it. As to the future, the discussion suggests a move away from universalist pretensions of the study of religion and a greater readiness on the part of gender-critical approaches to the study of religion to engage in more constructive dialogue with post-colonialist theory.

Keywords: social sciences; gender theory; feminist theory; post-colonialist theory

Article.  7849 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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