Religion and Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415941273
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/2/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Cultural Production and Reproductive Issues: The Significance of the Charismatic Movement in Nigeria 21
2 Sex, Rhetoric, and Ontology: Fecundism as an Ethical Problem 51
3 The Mythology of the Masquerading Post-Menopausal Woman 83
4 Beyond Binary Categories: Mesoamerican Religious Sexuality 111
5 The Hijras: An Alternative Gender in Indian Culture 137
6 Mimesis in the Face of Fear: Femme Queens, Butch Queens, and Gender Play in the Houses of Greater Newark 165
7 Tacit Containment: Social Value, Embodiment, and Gender Practice in Northern Sudan 187
8 Millennial Capitalism, Occult Economies, and the Crisis of Reproduction in South Africa: Further Notes from the Postcolony 223
Contributors 251
Index 255
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