Religion - Intro to Women's Studies Soc/SW 202 Why is...

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Intro to Women's Studies Soc/SW 202 Why is religion important? Sociological argument a. A basis for in-group membership. b. Is used to develop and enforce group norms. 1. Clothing 2. marriage relationships 3. definition of after-life and how to reach positive results 4. Define roles of men and women. c. Develop a system of stratification that is demarcated by gender, race and class. d. Patriarchic religion has been used to justify violence against women. (African Clitoral circumcision, Indian suttee, witchburning)30,000-9,000,00 burned for witchcraft e. Defines sexual norms for women f. Used to establish and preserve tradition g. Source of social control 1. Chastise those that violate norms 2. COntrols the development of self and group identity by directing beliefs and behaviors 3. Burning of witches Perspectives on Women and religion The clergy issue Women now make up between 14-18% of clergy. 1. AME Zion church ordained African American women in 1884. 2. African Methodist Episcopal Church ordained in 1948. 3. In the 1990's 25% of theology Ph.D.s went to women compare to 2% in 70's 4 Episcopal religion ordained women priest in 1974. 5.
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