Religion, Gender and Family Violence

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: English

The United Nations has declared that physical violence inflicted by an intimate partner is the most common form of violence against women in the world today (UN, 2011). Issues related to religion and family violence are of particular importance, given the persistently high rates of family violence around the world and the debates concerning honour crimes and domestic violence fueled by Islamophobia.  The us/them binary between native-born and immigrants in contemporary public discourse depict men from ethno-religious minority groups as inherently dominant and women as essentially submissive.   Research on family violence from a feminist perspective argues that it is rooted in imbalances in power, thus a focus on the structuring of gender within religious groups is an important consideration.  Papers from scholars working from or within different faith perspectives, such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and other religious groups are invited to submit paper proposals.
Session Organizer:
Catherine HOLTMANN, Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Research, Canada
Anna HALAFOFF, Deakon University, Australia
Oral Presentations
Goddesses to the Rescue! a Critical Analysis of Priya’s Shakti, an Anti-Rape Comic Book
Ayesha VEMURI, McGill University, Canada; Sailaja KRISHNAMURTI, Saint Mary's University, Canada
Religion, Women and Pulpit Effect: The Politics of Submissiveness in the Family Setting.
Andrew EROMONSELE, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,, Nigeria; Agatha N.T. EGUAVOEN, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma,, Nigeria; Gabriel ELABOR, Anglican communion, Nigeria
Domestic Violence Against Married Women in India: A Study in Religion and Cultural Context.
Hate Crimes with Religious Bias Against Women
Fatma KENEVIR, University of Ankara, Turkey
Rescuing the Rescuers – Female Care Worker in the Grip of Caring Power
Sylvia MEICHSNER, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
Distributed Papers
The Complications of Care: Family Violence in the Lives of Muslim and Christian Immigrant Women
Catherine HOLTMANN, Muriel McQueen Centre for Family Violence Research, Canada
Religious Practices Among Caste Hindu Women in India
Arpana INGLE, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India