Much less religious, a little more spiritual: The religious and spiritual views of third-wave feminists in the UK

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Abstract

How religious or spiritual are feminists today? Filling a gap in the literature on feminism and religion, this article outlines findings from the first survey-based study of feminists’ spiritual attitudes in recent years. Drawing on survey data, this article explores the religious and spiritual views of 1,265 third-wave feminists, most of whom are female and in their twenties and thirties. Comparison with surveys of religious adherence in the UK reveals that these feminists are significantly less religious and somewhat more spiritual than the general population. The article goes on to ask why this might be, and suggests three explanations: feminism’s alignment with secularism, secularization and feminism’s role within it, and feminism’s association with alternative spiritualities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-55
JournalFeminist Review
Volume97
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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