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Women and ReligionContemporary and Future Challenges in the Global Era$
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Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336358

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336358.001.0001

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Women and religion: contemporary and future challenges: editors’ introduction

Women and religion: contemporary and future challenges: editors’ introduction

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Women and Religion

Elisabetta Ruspini

Glenda Tibe Bonifacio

Consuelo Corradi

Policy Press

This introductory chapter discusses the relationship between social change, religion, and women's lives and self-definition in the contemporary world. Using international and interdisciplinary perspectives reflective of different religious traditions, this volume pays attention to the specific experiences and positions of women, or particular groups of women, to understand current patterns of religiosity and religious change. Recent studies have shown that there is a strong connection between processes of change — such as the impact of globalization, increased intercultural and transcultural interaction and exchange, migration flows, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) — and religious identities. Overall, recent literature has revealed a great complexity and often contradiction in late modern negotiations of religion and secularism by women and men, and a range of possibilities for change.

Keywords:   women, social change, religion, contemporary world, globalization, migration flows, ICTs, secularism

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