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Lived ReligionFaith and Practice in Everyday Life$
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Meredith B. McGuire

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172621.001.0001

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Gendered Spiritualities

Gendered Spiritualities

(p.159) 7 Gendered Spiritualities
Lived Religion

Meredith B. McGuire

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines gender differences in individual religious practices. Gender profoundly affects people's religion-as-lived because gender differentiation permeates so many aspects of life in most cultures. These include men's involvement in child rearing and creating artwork and women's role in breadwinning and warfare. The religious meanings attached to gendered bodies has been contested and one such meaning—gender hierarchy—has been deeply interwoven into most of the historically dominant, widespread religions.

Keywords:   gender differences, religious practices, gender hierarchy, lived religion, gendered bodies

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