Navigating equality: religious young women's perceptions of gender and sexuality equality

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Equality has become an important concept within secular-liberal societies (Perrons 2005), with white, secular Western women interpellated as quintessentially embodying this equality (Gill and Scharff 2011; McRobbie 2011; Nayak and Kehily 2008). For religious organizations, the interacting spaces of gender and sexuality constitute two of the most contested terrains in rights-giving, and many religions are seen as less progressive regarding equality vis-à-vis other social institutions (Plummer 2003; Tosh and Keenan 2003; Weeks2007). Young religious women have to articulate how they fit into the contours of secular-liberal equality norms as religious subjects. This chapter will focus on how young religious women living in the UK made sense of equality in the context of their religion, focusing on attitudes to gender equality and sexuality equality.

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Publication date17 Nov 2016
Publication titleContemporary encounters in gender and religion : European perspectives
EditorsLena Gemzöe, Marja-Liisa Keinänen, Avril Maddrell
Place of PublicationCham (CH)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-42598-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-42597-9
Original languageEnglish


  • secular, UK, LGBTQI, gender, equality

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