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Book: Gender

Chapter: Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.31082


We will describe the occasion for this volume—namely, our collective/respective problems with finding a textbook that took critical account of the categories “religion” and “gender” as analytical categories and rhetorical devices rather than stable or experiential realities. Our difficulty in locating a text that took up both terms at once in constructive ways, we suggest, is illustrative of a larger theoretical tension in the fields of gender studies and religious studies. Namely, it is often the case that when one is complicated or subjected to discourse analysis, the other is left unanalyzed, mystified, or used in a normative manner.

Chapter Contributors

  • K. Merinda Simmons ( - merinda) 'University of Alabama'
  • Craig Martin ( - cmartin) 'St. Thomas Aquinas College'