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Deference or Interrogation? Contrasting Models for Reconciling Religion, Gender and Equality

Author(s): Moira Dustin

Journal: Religion and Gender
ISSN 1878-5417

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 9;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: gender | women | religion | equality | minorities | discrimination

Abstract Since the late 1990s, the extension of the equality framework in the United Kingdom has been accompanied by the recognition of religion within that framework and new measures to address religious discrimination. This development has been contested, with many arguing that religion is substantively different to other discrimination grounds and that increased protection against religious discrimination may undermine equality for other marginalized groups – in particular, women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This paper considers these concerns from the perspective of minoritized women in the UK. It analyses two theoretical approaches to reconciling religious claims with gender equality – one based on privileging, the other based on challenging religious claims – before considering which, if either, reflects experiences in the UK in recent years and what this means for gender equality.
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