Gender equality and religion: a multi-faith exploration of young adults’ narratives

Page, Sarah-Jane and Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck (2017) Gender equality and religion: a multi-faith exploration of young adults’ narratives. European Journal of Women’s Studies, 24 (3). pp. 249-265. ISSN 1461-7420

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This paper presents findings from research on young adults in the UK from diverse religious backgrounds. Utilizing questionnaires, interviews, and video diaries it assesses how religious young adults understood and managed the tensions in popular discourse between gender equality as an enshrined value and aspirational narrative, and religion as purportedly instituting gender inequality. We show that, despite varied understandings, and the ambivalence and tension in managing ideal and practice, participants of different religious traditions and genders were committed to gender equality. Thus, they viewed gender-unequal practices within their religious cultures as an aberration from the essence of religion. In this way, they firmly rejected the dominant discourse that religion is inherently antithetical to gender equality.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage Publications 2016
Keywords: Agency, Division of labour, Gender equality, Religious stigmatization, Women’s religious leadership
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Social Policy
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Depositing User: Yip, Dr Andrew Kam-Tuck
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2016 08:13
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:58

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