Gender - K. Merinda Simmons

K. Merinda Simmons [+-]
University of Alabama
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K. Merinda Simmons is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, and author of Changing the Subject: Writing Women across the African Diaspora (Ohio State University Press, 2014). She focuses in her teaching and research on identi- cations of race, gender, and religion in the Caribbean and the American South.
Craig Martin [+-]
St. Thomas Aquinas College
Craig Martin, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at St. Thomas Aquinas College. His work focuses on method and theory in the study of religion, as well as discourse analysis and ideology critique of modern rhetoric on religion. His recent works include Capitalizing Religion: Ideology and the Opiate of the Bourgeoisie and A Critical Introduction to the Study of Religion.


We will describe the occasion for this volume—namely, our collective/respective problems with finding a textbook that took critical account of the categories “religion” and “gender” as analytical categories and rhetorical devices rather than stable or experiential realities. Our difficulty in locating a text that took up both terms at once in constructive ways, we suggest, is illustrative of a larger theoretical tension in the fields of gender studies and religious studies. Namely, it is often the case that when one is complicated or subjected to discourse analysis, the other is left unanalyzed, mystified, or used in a normative manner.

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Simmons, K. Merinda; Martin, Craig. Introduction. Gender. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2019. ISBN 9781781795446. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31082. Oct 2019

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