Overview

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 ...

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Queering Religion

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"The book sets itself the certainly difficult but fascinating task of combining what has been so far discussed as largely antagonistic categories – religion and sexual orientation. It does so eloquently, fulfilling a gap in the academic literature, as well as responding to a political and ethical need to engage with difference and intersections along the complex spectrum of identity." – Ana Cristina Santos, University of Coimbra, Portugal

"The social and spatial accommodation of both religious and sexual identities has become a significant political flashpoint for societies and their governments in the contemporary West and beyond. This important collection addresses the intersections of religious and sexual identities for individuals, religious institutions, and socio-legal systems. Collectively, the chapters explore these intersections across a breadth of belief systems and geographical contexts. The authors ask vital questions about methodologies, institutions, locations and intersecting affirmations. This collection will be of interest to scholars, teachers, students and policy-makers concerned with understanding the varied landscapes, tensions and accommodations arising from the intersections of religion and sexuality."Andrew Gorman-Murray, University of Western Sydney, Australia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135013769
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Religion
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 332
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Yvette Taylor is Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK. She received the esteemed Lillian Robinson Fellowship held at Concordia University, Canada (2009) and a Fulbright Scholarship, Rutgers University (2010-2011). She has published three sole-authored books: Working-class Lesbian Life (2007), Lesbian and Gay Parenting (2009), and Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities (2012), which have received favourable reviews. She has several successful edited collections including: (with Hines, S. and Casey, M.) Theorising Intersectionality and Sexuality (2010); Classed Intersections: Spaces, Selves, Knowledges (2010); (with Hines, S) Sexualities: Reflection and Futures (2012).

Ria Snowdon is a Research Associate in the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University, UK working alongside Yvette Taylor on an ESRC funded project 'Making space for queer identifying religious youth'. She completed her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD at Newcastle University (2007-2010).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon Part 1: Queer Productions, Methods and Occupations 1. Mapping Queer, Mapping Me: Visualising Queer Religious Identity Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon 2. Que(e)rying Methodology to Study Church-Based Activism: Conversations in Culture, Power, and Change Karen Macke 3. (Non)Religious Queer Students: Agents of the Queering of Religion and Its Study? Anja Finger 4. Secular, Jewish and Queer Naomi Braine Part 2: Queer Contestations: Past, Present, Future 5. Queer Catholics? Queer Sexuality, Religious Identity and Queer Utopia amidst post-1980s Conservative Religion Dominic Wetzel 6. The Belly of the Beast: Queer Conservative Evangelicals and their Pastors Nancy D. Wadsworth 7. Identity and Social Relations among Iranian Queer Refugee Youth Rusi Jaspal, Sanaz Raji, and Babak Hessamian 8. On the Curious Emergence of Religion as ‘Threat to Our Children’, Or, Localizing and Destabilizing Queer Secularities David K. Seitz Part 3: Queer Locations: Centres and Peripheries 9. In the Greek Fashion: An Intersectional Prolegomenon to Queering Greek Orthodox Christianities George Ioannides 10. Sexual and Religious Identities in East/Central Europe: The Emergence of Queer Sacreds versus Homophobic Fundamentalism Pawel Leszkowicz and Tomasz Kitlinski 11. Mindful of the Words Spoken: The Shifting Narratives and Identity Work of Ex-Ex-gay Young Adults S. J. Creek 12. Queering Religious Practices, Sexuality and Modernities: New Ways of Thinking about the ‘Global South’ Vulca Fidolini Part 4: Queer Affirmations? Keeping the Faith 13. I Don’t Want To Taint The Name Of Islam: Muslims Lesbians And The Troubling Intersection of Sexuality and Religion Asifa Siraj 14. Conversations with God: Reconciling Religious Identities with Sexual Identities in Scotland, 1940 to 1980 Jeff Meek 15. Keeping the Faith: Mapping the Narrated Continuities and Shifts of a Christian Believer’s Life from a (Heterosexual) Marriage to a Civil Partnership Em Temple-Malt 16. Religion and Understanding Hidden Desires: Hinduism and Sexuality Shaminder Takhar 17. The Composition of Non-Excluding Vectors: Facilitating Relational Connectability in Christian Families with a Queer Family Member Peik Ingman

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