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Wilfully Disempowered

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Day, Abby

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Abstract Two cases from the UK are discussed to explore why, in the author's terms, women wilfully disempower themselves in religion and spiritual contexts. A case study of a women's prayer group shows how they resist acknowledging their own power or the idea that they are engaging in informal ritual equally important to their male counterparts. Second, qualitative data from a large study of people's beliefs are used to show how women willingly submit to a higher male power through a process of self-denigration. It is argued that the women are making rational, strategic choices in an increasingly secular and patriarchal world.
Keywords gender; religion
Free Keywords patriarchy; secular; spiritual; women;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 261-276
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 15 (2008) 3
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)