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Women, Gender And Feminism In The Sociology Of Religion: Theory, Research And Social Action

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Religion continues to be a powerful and empowering force in societies around the world. It helps to shape, and indeed is shaped by, the needs, dreams and ideals of men and women everywhere. As an analytical frame, gender is seldom at the center of conceptualizing religious experience or examining its impact upon believers, even less so, a self-conscious focus on women that begins and ends with feminist epistemologies at the core. While various theoretical models sympathetic to the struggles of women, race, and class have sought, with some success, to restructure academic discourse as it relates to women's lives and circumstances, few have been able to carve deep inroads into the subspecialty of discipline that label sociology of religion.

Keywords: feminist epistemologies; gender; religion; women



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