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Title:
Religion and sexuality in cross-cultural perspective
Author:
Ellingson, Stephen, 1962-
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
vi, 263 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Cultural production and reproductive issues : the significance of the charismatic movement in Nigeria / Tola Olu Pearce -- Sex, rhetoric and ontology : fecundism as an ethical problem / William R. LaFleur -- The mythology of the masquerading post-menopausal woman / Wendy Doniger -- Beyond binary categories : mesoamerican religious sexuality / Sylvia Marcos -- The hijras : an alternative gender in Indian culture / Serena Nanda -- Mimesis in the face of fear : femme queens, butch queens, and gender play in the houses of greater Newark / Karen McCarthy Brown -- Tacit containment : social value, embodiment and gender practice in northern Sudan / Janice Boddy -- Millennial capitalism, occult economies and the crisis of reproduction in South Africa : futher notes from the postcolony / Jean and John L. Comaroff.
ISBN:
9780415941273

9780415941280
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Stephen Ellingson is assistant professor of sociology of religion and Director of the Lilly Program on Congregational Ministry at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He is co-author of Organizational Ethics in Health Care. M. Christian Green, formerly of the Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics, is a researcher at the Religion, Culture, and Family Project at the University of Chicago Divinity School.