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Chapter 11. Gender

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Sarah E. Johnson Assistant Professor

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch11

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Johnson, S. E. (2010) Gender, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch11

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Minnesota, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082



  • gender;
  • new private school in Virginia of the 70s - “Five Things We Think You Will Like About Lynchburg Christian Academy”;
  • LCA pamphlet, and gender importance - story of American religion;
  • notion of “gendered discourse” - highlighting, what scholars mean when they claim to be studying gender;
  • Nineteenth Century - domesticity and separate spheres;
  • Beecher, women's work in the home, using domestic ideology to justify going outside their houses to participate in reform organizations;
  • Black women, wanting religious authority - facing opposition, using domesticity to gain power;
  • gendered religion - gendered language in discourses, matters seeming unrelated to sex roles;
  • gender in conservative traditions - ideologies, giving power to men than to women in American religion;
  • changing gender norms in broader culture - persistence of women in “conservative” traditions notable


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • On Gender and Conceptual Confusion

  • The Nineteenth Century: Domesticity and Separate Spheres

  • Ethnicity, Race, and Gender

  • Gendered Religion

  • Gender in Conservative Traditions

  • Bibliography