Religious and Sexual Identities

A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults

Author: Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip,Sarah-Jane Page

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317067061

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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Presenting qualitative and quantitative findings on the lived experiences of around seven hundred young adults from Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and mixed-faith backgrounds, Religious and Sexual Identities provides an illuminating and nuanced analysis of young adults’ perceptions and negotiations of their religious, sexual, youth and gender identities. It demonstrates how these young adults creatively construct meanings and social connections as they navigate demanding but exciting spaces in which their multiple identities intersect. Accessible quantitative analyses are combined with rich interview and video diary narratives in this theoretically-informed exploration of religious and sexual identities in contemporary society. A timely investigation revealing the multiplicity of contemporary identities, this book will appeal not only to sociologists and scholars of religion, but also to those working in the fields of youth studies, sexuality, gender and identity.
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Religion and Sexuality

Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance

Author: Pamela Dickey Young,Heather Shipley,Tracy J. Trothen

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774828722

Category: Religion

Page: 264

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The relationship between religion and sexuality is often framed as inherently conflictual. But what actually happens when religion and sexuality converge in contemporary contexts? This provocative volume goes beyond the familiar debates over toleration and accommodation to explore the ways in which various forms of religious affiliation and sexual identity do, in fact, co-exist. Drawing on interviews and analyzing media representations, legislation, and public discourse on topics such as education, economics, and same-sex marriage in North America and the United Kingdom, this book foregrounds the complexity and multiplicity of religious and sexual identities and practices.
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Gaylaw

Challenging the Apartheid of the Closet

Author: William N. ESKRIDGE,William N Eskridge

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674036581

Category: Law

Page: 480

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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal issues concerning gender and sexual nonconformity in the United States. Part One, which covers the years from the post-Civil War period to the 1980s, is a history of state efforts to discipline and punish the behavior of homosexuals and other people considered to be deviant. During this period such people could get by only at the cost of suppressing their most basic feelings and emotions. Part Two addresses contemporary issues. Although it is no longer illegal to be openly gay in America, homosexuals still suffer from state discrimination in the military and in other realms, and private discrimination and violence against gays is prevalent. William Eskridge presents a rigorously argued case for the sexualization of the First Amendment, showing why, for example, same-sex ceremonies and intimacy should be considered expressive conduct deserving the protection of the courts. The author draws on legal reasoning, sociological studies, and history to develop an effective response to the arguments made in defense of the military ban. The concluding part of the book locates the author's legal arguments within the larger currents of liberal theory and integrates them into a general stance toward freedom, gender equality, and religious pluralism.
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Globalized Religion and Sexual Identity

Contexts, Contestations, Voices

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004271376

Category: Religion

Page: 338

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Globalized Religion and Sexual Identity: Contexts, Contestations, Voices brings together scholars from across the globe who examine the historical and contemporary framing and relationship of religion, gender and sexuality multiple sites.
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The Making of a Gay Muslim

Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain

Author: Shanon Shah

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319631306

Category: Social Science

Page: 354

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This book highlights the lived experiences of gay Muslims in Malaysia, where Islam is the majority and official religion, and in Britain, where Muslims form a religious minority. By exploring how they negotiate their religious and sexual identities, Shah challenges the notion that Islam is inherently homophobic and that there is an unbridgeable divide between ‘Islam’ and the ‘West’. Shah also gained access to gay Muslim networks and individuals for his in-depth research in both countries, and the book investigates the different ways that they respond to everyday anti-homosexual or anti-Muslim sentiments. Amid the many challenges they confront, the gay Muslims whom Shah encountered find innovative and meaningful ways to integrate Islam and gay identity into their lives. The Making of a Gay Muslim will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in contemporary Islam, religion, gender and sexuality.
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Conservative Christian Identity & Same-sex Orientation

The Case of Gay Mormons

Author: Rick Phillips

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9780820474809

Category: Religion

Page: 123

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Like many conservative Christian faiths, Mormonism instills a strong sense of loyalty and deep religious feelings in its members. The church also teaches that homosexuality is abnormal and sinful. Thus, gay Mormons must learn to manage conflicting religious and sexual identities. This sociological study of the lives and struggles of gay members of the Mormon church is based on interviews with a large sample of gay Mormons and discussions with Mormon church leaders. The plight of gay Mormons is examined as part of a larger struggle over the place of homosexuality in American Christianity.
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Moral Argument, Religion, and Same-sex Marriage

Advancing the Public Good

Author: Emily R. Gill,Jason Pierceson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780739126509

Category: Law

Page: 245

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This book engages with opponents of same-sex marriage on their own turf, morals discourse, and demonstrates that legal and political argumentation is on the side of gay rights advocates on this contemporary vexing issue. The diversity of its authors makes the book suitable for courses in political theory, Constitutional law, American politics, and gay studies.
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Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Author: Stephen Ellingson,M. Christian Green

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113537595X

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Issues of sexuality and gender are hotly contested in both religious communities and national cultures around the world. In the social sciences, religious traditions are often depicted as inherently conservative or even reactionary in their commitments to powerful patriarchal and pronatalist sexual norms and gender categories. In illuminating the practices of religious traditions in various cultures, these essays expose the diversity of religious rituals and mythologies pertaining to sexuality. In the process the contributors challenge conventional notions of what is normative in our sexual lives.
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Conservative Christian Beliefs and Sexual Orientation in Social Work

Privilege, Oppression, and the Pursuit of Human Rights

Author: Adrienne B. Dessel,Rebecca Morris Bolen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780872931497

Category: Social Science

Page: 500

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This important new work addresses the tensions and divisions in social work between conservative Christian and lesbian, gay, and bisexual students, practitioners, faculty, and clients. Authors representing a diverse range of sexual orientation, religious, and professional identities explore the different facets of the debate regarding freedom of religious expression and full sexual orientation affirmation to provide a deeper understanding of the complexity of topics such as social identity, oppression, power and privilege, human rights and social justice, attitudes and prejudice, and ethics and the law. Models of Christian lgb affirmation and advocacy are presented, and recommendations for teaching, research, and practice are provided to move the field forward. -- Book Cover
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Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life

Author: Peter Nynäs

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317067274

Category: Social Science

Page: 188

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Exploring the intersection between religion, gender and sexuality within the context of everyday life, this volume examines contested identities, experiences, bodies and desires on the individual and collective levels. With rich case studies from the UK, USA, Europe, and Asia, Religion, Gender and Sexuality in Everyday Life sheds light on the manner in which individuals appropriate, negotiate, transgress, invert and challenge the norms and models of various religions in relation to gender and sexuality, and vice versa. Drawing on fascinating research from around the world, this book charts central features of the complexities involved in everyday life, examining the messiness, limits, transformations and possibilities that occur when subjectivities, religious and cultural traditions, and politics meet within the local as well as transnational contexts. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of sociology, anthropology, geography and cultural studies examining questions of religion and spirituality, gender and sexuality, and individual and collective identities in contemporary society.
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Sexual Orientation and Human Rights in American Religious Discourse

Author: Saul M. Olyan,Martha C. Nussbaum

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199761500

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

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Sexual orientation is a topic of intense debate within America's religious traditions. These discussions have had a significant impact on the formation of public policy, as speakers who locate themselves squarely within religious traditions have articulated positions on both sides in recent arguments concerning gays in the military, civil rights protections for gays and lesbians, gay marriage, parenting and foster parenting, and benefits for partners of gay and lesbian employees of major corporations and institutions. This volume, which stems from a 1995 conference at Brown University, aims to promote both academic and public understanding of the different positions that exist on sexual orientation and its public policy dimensions within four major American religious traditions. Writers from within the Jewish community, the Roman Catholic church, Mainline Protestant churches, and African-American churches explore the history and tradition of their communities on same-sex orientation, discuss the moral stance they advocate, and consider the legal and public policy implications of that stance. For each of these traditions, two opposing views are represented, and a respondent frames the issue in a larger context. The book concludes with essays by Michael McConnell and Andrew Koppelman exploring how our society might find a modus vivendi in a state position of neutrality on the moral status of homosexuality. This book will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in these crucial issues, and in the role the religious communities play in these debates, while helping to foster the climate for a more reasoned and civil dialogue.
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The Sociology of Religion

A Substantive and Transdisciplinary Approach

Author: George Lundskow

Publisher: Pine Forge Press

ISBN: 1412937213

Category: Social Science

Page: 445

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Using a lively narrative, The Sociology of Religion is an insightful text that follows the logic of actual research, first investigating the facts of religion in all its great diversity, including its practices and beliefs, and then analyzing actual examples of religious developments using relevant conceptual frameworks. As a result, students actively engage in the discovery, learning, and analytical processes as they progress through the textùjust as a scholar pursues knowledge in the field and then applies theoretical constructs to interpret findings.This unique text is organized around essential topics and real-life issues and examines religion both as an object of sociological analysis as well as a device for seeking personal meaning in life. While primarily sociological in focus, the text incorporates relevant interdisciplinary scholarshipùthus teaching sociological perspectives on religion while introducing students to relevant research from other fields. Sidebar features and photographs of religious figures bring the text to life for readers.Key Features and Benefits:Uses substantive and truly contemporary real-life religious issues of current interest to engage the reader in a way few other texts doCombines theory with empirical examples drawn from the United States and around the world, emphasizing a critical and analytical perspective that encourages better understanding of the material presentedFeatures discussions of emergent religions, consumerism, and the link between religion, sports, and other forms of popular cultureDraws upon interdisciplinary literature, helping students appreciate the contributions of other disciplines while primarily developing an understanding of the sociology of religion InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM· InstructorÆs Resources on CD-ROM contains chapter outlines, summaries, multiple-choice questions, essay questions, and short answer questions as well as illustrations from the book. Contact Customer Care at 1-800-818-SAGE (7243) to request a copy (6:00 a.m.û5:00 p.m., PST).Intended Audience: This core text is designed for upper-level undergraduate students of Sociology of Religion or Religion and Politics.
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Be Not Deceived

The Sacred and Sexual Struggles of Gay and Ex-gay Christian Men

Author: Michelle Wolkomir

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813539269

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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In Be Not Deceived, Michelle Wolkomir explores the difficult dilemma that gay Christians face in their attempts to reconcile their religious and sexual identities. She introduces the ideologies and practices of two alternative and competing ministries that offer solutions for Christians who experience homosexual desire. Through careful analysis of the groups’ ideologies, interactions, and symbolic resources, Be Not Deceived goes far beyond the obvious differences between the ministries to uncover their similarities, namely that both continue to define heterosexuality as the normative and dominant lifestyle.
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Negotiating Sexual Identities

Lesbian, Gay, and Queer Perspectives on Being Mennonite

Author: J. Alicia Dueck

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 3643902379

Category: Social Science

Page: 193

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As one of the first studies of its kind, this book brings together the personal, alongside complex theoretical concepts, in order to explore lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities within the Mennonite religious culture. Applying performativity, the book re-examines the meaning of identity in this ethno-religious community, as well as the way in which sexuality is talked about in churches and within institutions. It examines how lesbian, gay, and queer persons negotiate with these heteronormative discourses to be Mennonite. This is an important book for religious scholars and those concerned with queer identifications. (Series: Masters of Peace - Vol. 6)
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The Handbook of Life-Span Development, Volume 2

Social and Emotional Development

Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118026519

Category: Psychology

Page: 900

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In the past fifty years, scholars of human development have been moving from studying change in humans within sharply defined periods, to seeing many more of these phenomenon as more profitably studied over time and in relation to other processes. The Handbook of Life-Span Development, Volume 2: Social and Emotional Development presents the study of human development conducted by the best scholars in the 21st century. Social workers, counselors and public health workers will receive coverage of the social and emotional aspects of human change across the lifespan.
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Invented Identities

The Interplay of Gender, Religion and Politics in India

Author: Julia Leslie,Mary McGee

Publisher: School of Oriental & African Studies University of London

ISBN: N.A

Category: Religion

Page: 309

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The essays in this volume examine processes by which gender identities are formalized and ritualized through language, ritual, narrative and politics. They help us to understand how gender identities in India have been invented and valued in different historical, religious and social contexts in India.
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Communities, Identities and Crime

Author: Basia Spalek

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1861348045

Category: Political Science

Page: 241

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This book provides a critical exploration of the importance of social identities when considering crime, victimisation and criminal justice and offers a refreshing perspective on the most significant developments in relation to equality and diversity issues that feature in policies and practices of criminal justice agencies.
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Acts of Faith, Acts of Love

Gay Catholic Autobiographies as Sacred Texts

Author: Dugan McGinley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826418364

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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McGinley uses the autobiographies of Gay men to explore the overlap between their religious and sexual identities. >
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Queering Religion, Religious Queers

Author: Yvette Taylor,Ria Snowdon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135013772

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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This collection considers how religious identity interplays with other forms and contexts of identity, specifically those related to sexual identity. It asks how these intersections are formed, negotiated and resisted across time and places, including the UK, Europe, North America, Australia, and the Global South. Questions around ‘queer’ engagements in same-sex marriages, civil partnerships and other practices (e.g. adoption) have created a number of provoking stances and policy provisions – but what remains unanswered is how people experience and situate themselves within sometimes competing, or ‘contradictory’, moments as ‘religious queers’ who may be tasked with ‘queering religion’. Additionally, the presumed paradoxes of ‘marriage’, queer sexuality, religion and youth combine to generate a noteworthy generational absence. This leads to questions about where ‘religious queers’ reside, resist and relate experiences of intersecting religious and sexual lives. In looking at interconnectedness, this collection offers international contributions which bridge the ‘contradictions’ in queering religion and in making visible ‘religious queers.’ It provides insight into older and younger people’s understandings of religiosity, queer cultures, and religious groups. A small but active religious minority in the US has received much attention for its anti-gay political activity; much less attention has been paid to the more positive, supportive role that religious-based groups play in e.g. providing housing, education and political advocacy for queer youth. Queer methodologies and intersectional approaches offer a lens both theoretically and methodologically to uncover the salience of related social divisions and identities. This collection is both innovative and sensitive to ‘blended’ identities and their various enactments.
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Multiple Minority Identities

Applications for Practice, Research, and Training

Author: Reginald Nettles, PhD,Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826107036

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

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"[V]ery few texts cover such a broad range of diversity and intersecting identities."--PsycCRITIQUES This important volume chronicles a shift from the old multicultural paradigm that depicts members of a minority group as being limited to racial and ethnic categories, to a modern definition of minorities. Moreover, many of these stigmatized individuals belong to more than one minority group, resulting in stigmatization not only outside of their identified primary group, but also within it. Seeking to address the complex problems of individuals who claim more than one minority identification, the volume culls the accumulated wisdom of leaders in the field of minority research and practice and integrates the three major areas of multicultural and diversity studies in a single volume. It addresses social identity, power and privilege, AIDS, multiculturalism as it relates to gender, as well as ethnicity. It also discusses therapeutic approaches, supervisory issues, and interpersonal issues for practitioners. It provides self-administered inventories, to help clinicians assess their need for additional supervision or training. Key Features: Integrates ethnic and racial minority issues, gender and sexual orientation studies, and disability studies, all in one volume Addresses diversity within and between cultural and minority groups Presents the latest findings from experts in minority research and practice Establishes a new paradigm for understanding the impact of membership in a minority group Offers practical advice bolstered by case studies
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