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Religiosity and gender equality: comparing natives and Muslim migrants in Germany

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Diehl, Claudia; Koenig, Matthias; Ruckdeschel, Kerstin

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Abstract In European public debates, Islam is often described as an impediment to gender equality. By using data from surveys conducted in Germany, we analyze the role of high levels of individual religiosity in explaining Turks' and Germans' approval of gender equality and the way Turkish and German couples share household tasks. Results suggest that for both groups, individuals with strong religious commitments are less likely than secular ones to hold egalitarian gender role attitudes. At the behavioral level, this correlation between religiosity and gender egalitarianism only holds true for Turkish respondents. Furthermore, strong religious commitments contribute to generational stability in attitudinal and behavioral gender-traditionalism among Turks. However, when explaining Germans' more egalitarian gender-related attitudes and behaviors, religiosity turns out to be just one factor among others – and not a particularly important one. Further research is needed to disentangle the different cultural and religious aspects of Muslim migrants’ attitudes and behaviors.
Keywords religion; gender; integration; Islam
Classification Sociology of Religion; Migration, Sociology of Migration; Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies
Free Keywords Europe; immigration
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 278-301
Journal Ethnic and Racial Studies, 32 (2009) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01419870802298454
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)