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Gender and Culture: Challenges to the Sociology of Religion

Mary Jo Neitz

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 65, issue 4, pages 391-402
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Gender and Culture: Challenges to the Sociology of Religion

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This article examines the challenge of the culture turn for the sociology of religion from several points of view. Looking at the congruence between certain feminist theories and the cultural turn, it begins by problematizing the Enlightenment idea of the autonomous individual seen in rebellion against an oppressive society. The article suggests congruence between the cultural turn and certain feminist theories in that they both posit the idea of the self as relational. A second point of congruence between the cultural turn and feminist theory is a new understanding of how selves are constituted through narrative. One implication of this for sociologists of religion is that we should pay greater attention to practices. This, in turn, leads to a reformulation of the relation between structure and culture. It also opens the door to seeing how practices are embodied and gendered, and at the core of religious identification.

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