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Critically examine the relationship between gender, religious participation and religious organisation

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´╗┐Critically examine the relationship between gender, religious participation and religious organisation A hot sociological debate is the relationship between gender and religious participation and organisation. Sociologists have long been divided on the issue. Sociologist Davie argues that religion is for most women a form of oppression. Davie puts this down to the fact that the Gods in the majority of religions are gendered and if so the majority are male Gods. Armstrong further supports Davie saying that women play a marginal position in the majority or religions. Armstrong says that women have made gains in other areas of life but their gains in religion are still limited. ...read more.

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The first is social deprivation; women lack power and job satisfaction so join sects to help them gain some satisfaction. Furthermore organismic deprivation ? women suffer physical and mental problems and turn to sects for an alternative to drink or drugs. And finally ethical decline, women perceive the world as in moral decline and join sects. Sociologists are divided on this issue where Davie, Miller and Hoffman and Glock and Stark provide explanations for why females are more religious and the fact that religion is oppressive to women sociologist Badawi argues that some aspects of religion are positive for women. Badawi says that in Islam when Islamic women get married they are allowed to keep their own name. ...read more.

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The topic of gender and religion is a very interesting one as still now women are fighting for their rights to be powerful positions in churches. Just this year the debate on whether women should be allowed to be bishops was raised again. However women still did not win and still therefore are unable to be bishops. To conclude, it is probably the case that gender has a very big impact on religious participation and organisation. However we must bear in mind the ideas suggested by Badawi and Watson who argue that some aspects of religion are positive for women which suggest that evidence on this debate is far from conclusive. ...read more.

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