Christian university students' attitudes to gender: Constructing Everyday Theologies in a Post-Feminist Climate

Kristin Aune, Mathew Guest

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Abstract

This article explores how religion shapes approaches to gender amongst university students in the United Kingdom, focusing on how attitudes about gender interact with their Christian identities. Drawing from 68 semi-structured interviews conducted at five universities, the article identifies three main approaches Christian students adopt when asked how faith affects their views on gender: the individualized approach, the egalitarian approach and the conservative approach. The article outlines the permutations of these approaches, showing their points of similarity and difference, and argues that feminism, biological essentialism and notions of reasonableness or “cultural common sense” feature in all three, being integral to the gender discourse of “post-feminist” UK society. The article argues that religion functions as a resource in Christian students’ gender attitudes, alongside other resources such as friends or family, and is deployed to justify both egalitarianism and gender conservatism. Christian students are constructing “everyday theologies” that integrate religious resources with other social resources, generating divergent egalitarian and conservative interpretations, mirroring patterns in “post-feminist” UK society more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Article number133
Number of pages22
JournalReligions
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Feb 2019

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Arts & Humanities Research Council and Economic & Social Sciences Resesearch Council

Keywords

  • Attitudes
  • Christianity
  • Feminism
  • Gender
  • Higher education
  • Post-feminism
  • Religion
  • Students
  • Universities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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