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 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.


Appeals to experience as a primary site of authority and legitimacy still dominate within gender studies and religious studies. This chapter will introduce standpoint theory—its appearance on the stage of identity studies, its possibilities, and its pitfalls. We will discuss the heuristic and political utility of stable identity monikers (like “women” and “Christians,” just to name a couple of examples) for activist groups hoping to implement social and political change. We will also discuss the limits of appeals to political pragmatism as ends in themselves.

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Simmons, K. Merinda; Martin, Craig. Authority/Experience. Gender. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781795446. Date accessed: 15 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.31086. Oct 2021

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