Church, Religion, and Enduring Everyday Violence

Cecilia Menjívar

in Enduring Violence

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267664
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948419 | DOI:
Church, Religion, and Enduring Everyday Violence

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This chapter discusses the role played by the church in the women's quotidian lives. It focuses on how women see the church as a space to find solace and comfort. It also focuses on how the church and its activities in turn contribute to the upholding of gender inequalities in an indirect manner and exacerbate the suffering in women's lives. Examination of this sphere provides another glimpse into how violence is normalized and embedded in the social life and in institutions outside the home and beyond the realm of purely individual behavior. In this chapter, the focus is on what it means to the women in San Alejo to join a community of people in similar circumstances and the way in which church activities can sometimes reinforce structures of inequality which pose significant consequences for women.

Keywords: church; gender inequalities; suffering; violence; social life; institutions

Chapter.  14425 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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