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

Page, Sarah-Jane; Yip, Andrew Kam-Tuck

Authors

Sarah-Jane Page s.page1@aston.ac.uk

ANDREW YIP ANDREW.YIP@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Professor of Sociology



Abstract

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.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2017
Journal European Journal of Women’s Studies
Print ISSN 1350-5068
Electronic ISSN 1461-7420
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 3
APA6 Citation Page, S., & Yip, A. K. (2017). Gender equality and religion: a multi-faith exploration of young adults’ narratives. European Journal of Women's Studies, 24(3), https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506815625906
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1350506815625906
Keywords Agency, Division of labour, Gender equality, Religious stigmatization, Women’s religious
leadership
Publisher URL http://ejw.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/01/21/1350506815625906
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information Copyright Sage Publications 2016

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