This chapter uses one woman’s life story to examine the intersection of religion, sexuality, and illness. This woman, Ellie, was a university student who identified as a ‘Quaker-Buddhist-Pagan’ bisexual and practised polyamory, and she also suffered from chronic illness. While she encountered particular disadvantages, Ellie was also able to utilise significant resources in relation to her class location and ethnicity, as a middle-class white woman, to engender successful outcomes as she navigated various youth transitions. The intersectional analysis of her story has generated an account of how privileges and disadvantages interrelate, demonstrating the structural constraints and agentic potentials garnered.
|Title of host publication||Intersecting Religion and Sexuality|
|Subtitle of host publication||Sociological Perspectives|
|Editors||Sarah-Jane Page, Andrew K.T. Yip|
|Place of Publication||Leiden|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Oct 2020|
|Name||Religion and the Social Order|
The main study, conducted between 2009 and 2011, was jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Religion and Society Programme (Award no. ah/G014051/1).