The End of Religion: Feminist Reappraisals of the State (Paperback)

The End of Religion: Feminist Reappraisals of the State By Kathleen McPhillips (Editor), Naomi Goldenberg (Editor) Cover Image

The End of Religion: Feminist Reappraisals of the State (Paperback)


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Feminist theory has enhanced and expanded the agency, influence, status and contributions of women throughout the globe. However, feminist critical analysis has not yet examined how the assumption that religion is natural, timeless, universal and omnipresent supports sexist and race-based oppression. This book proposes radical new thinking about religion in order to better comprehend and confront the systematic disempowerment of women and marginalized groups.

Utilising feminist and post-colonial analysis of access, equity and violence, contributors draw on recent critical theory to collapse accepted boundaries between religion and secularity with the aim of understanding that religion is a technology of governance in its function, meaning and history.

The volume includes case studies focusing on how the category of religion is deployed to perpetuate male hegemony and racist inequities in Australia, Mexico, the United States, Britain and Canada. This trenchant feminist critique and academic analysis will be of key interest to scholars and students of Religion, Sociology, Political Science and Gender Studies.

Kathleen McPhillips is a sociologist of religion and gender in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Naomi Goldenberg is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
Product Details ISBN: 9780367609368
ISBN-10: 0367609363
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 30th, 2022
Pages: 244
Language: English