Queer Women and Religious Individualism

Queer Women and Religious Individualism

by Melissa M. Wilcox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253221161

ISBN-13: 9780253221162

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Melissa M. Wilcox explores the complex spiritual lives of queer women in the Los Angeles area. She takes the reader on a tour of a colorful array of religious and secular groups that serve as spiritual resources for these women—from the well-known Metropolitan Community Churches to Wiccan covens, from the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans to the Sisters of Perpetual

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Melissa M. Wilcox explores the complex spiritual lives of queer women in the Los Angeles area. She takes the reader on a tour of a colorful array of religious and secular groups that serve as spiritual resources for these women—from the well-known Metropolitan Community Churches to Wiccan covens, from the Gay and Lesbian Sierrans to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Arguing that these women's stories are exemplary cases of postmodern patterns of religious identity, belief, and practice, Wilcox offers a nuanced analysis of contemporary Western spirituality and selfhood, and a detailed exploration of the history of queer religious organizing in Los Angeles. Queer Women and Religious Individualism is important reading for scholars in religious studies, sociology, women's studies, and LGBT studies.

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253221162
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Map of Los Angeles

1. Beyond the Congregation
2. Setting the Stage: Historical Contexts
3. Queering the Spiritual Marketplace
4. Negotiating Religion: Continuity, Conversion, Innovation
5. Tiles in the Mosaic: Organizations as Resources
6. Building a Mosaic: The Sacred (and the) Self
7. Queer Women, Religion, and Postmodernity

Appendix A. Biographical Summaries
Appendix B. Methods and Methodological Considerations
Appendix C. Interview Schedules
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

Indiana University Press

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