The End of Religion

Feminist Reappraisals of the State

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Naomi Goldenberg, Kathleen McPhillips
  • New York: 
    , November
     301 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Feminist theory has enhanced and expanded the agency, influence, status and contributions of women throughout the globe. However, feminist critical analysis has not yet examined how the assumption that religion is natural, timeless, universal and omnipresent supports sexist and race-based oppression. This book proposes radical new thinking about religion in order to better comprehend and confront the systematic disempowerment of women and marginalized groups.

Utilising feminist and post-colonial analysis of access, equity and violence, contributors draw on recent critical theory to collapse accepted boundaries between religion and secularity with the aim of understanding that religion is a technology of governance in its function, meaning and history.

The volume includes case studies focusing on how the category of religion is deployed to perpetuate male hegemony and racist inequities in Australia, Mexico, the United States, Britain and Canada. This trenchant feminist critique and academic analysis will be of key interest to scholars and students of Religion, Sociology, Political Science and Gender Studies.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Kathleen McPhillips is a sociologist of religion and gender in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

Naomi Goldenberg is professor of religious studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada.


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