Becoming visible: religion and gender in sociology

The European men canonized as the founders of sociology sought to explain the societal shifts they associated with modernization including urbanization, the development of bureaucracy, and the emergence of the nation state. In this essay, I suggest how developing theoretical and methodological tools...

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Published in:Sociology of religion
Main Author: Neitz, Mary Jo 1951-
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: [2014]
In:Sociology of religion
Year: 2014, Volume: 75, Issue: 4, Pages: 511-523
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Religious sociology / Social change / Religious change / Gender-specific role
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Summary:The European men canonized as the founders of sociology sought to explain the societal shifts they associated with modernization including urbanization, the development of bureaucracy, and the emergence of the nation state. In this essay, I suggest how developing theoretical and methodological tools have gone hand in hand with social changes and new questions about the place of religion in contemporary society to make religion more visible in the discipline of sociology. Seeing gender has also been problematic in sociology, although in somewhat different ways. I show how asking questions about gender illuminates the unevenness of the secularization process. I outline recent developments in feminist thinking. I show how considering gender and religion together enhances our understanding of both.
ISSN:1069-4404
Contains:Enthalten in: Sociology of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/socrel/sru058