Religious, Feminist, Activist

9780803285705: Hardback
Release Date: 1st April 2018

9781496205025: Paperback
Release Date: 1st April 2018

9781496205957: PDF
Release Date: 1st April 2018

9781496205933: EPUB
Release Date: 1st April 2018

4 photographs, 4 illustrations, index

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 336

Series Anthropology of Contemporary North America

UNP - Nebraska

Religious, Feminist, Activist

Cosmologies of Interconnection

Hardback / £56.00
Paperback / £24.99
PDF / £23.99
EPUB / £23.99

In Religious, Feminist, Activist, Laurel Zwissler investigates the political and religious identities of women who understand their social-justice activism as religiously motivated. Placing these women in historical context as faith-based activists for social change, this book discusses what their activities reveal about the public significance of religion in the pluralistic context of North America and in our increasingly globalized world. Zwissler’s ethnographic interviews with feminist Catholics, Pagans, and United Church Protestants reveal radically different views of religious and political expression and illuminate how individual women and their communities negotiate issues of personal identity, spirituality, and political responsibility.

Political activists of faith recount adventurous tales of run-ins with police, agonizing moments of fear and powerlessness in the face of global inequality, touching moments of community support, and successful projects that improve the lives of others. Religious, Feminist, Activist combines religion, politics, and globalization—subjects frequently discussed in macro terms—with individual personalities and intimate stories to provide a fresh perspective on what it means to be religiously and politically engaged. Zwissler also provides an insightful investigation into how religion and politics intersect for women on the political left.


List of Illustrations
1. Changing Rituals, Changing Worlds
2. “The Shrine Was Human Rights”: Pilgrimage and Protest
3. “Spirituality” as Feminist Third Choice: Gendering Religion and the Secular
4. Self, Community, and Social Justice
Source Acknowledgments

Laurel Zwissler is an assistant professor in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Central Michigan University.

"Bringing together ideas that are often thought to be incongruent, Zwissler . . . discusses individuals who have deep commitments to religion but also to feminism and activism. . . . Offering a wealth of information, this accessible book is well suited to classroom use as well as secondary reading."—M. M. Veeneman, CHOICE

M. M. Veeneman

"Based on their worldview of interconnection, activists come together in communities that provide support, encourage patience and compassion, and connect people. With this ethnography of groups rarely studied with such depth, Zwissler provides an important contribution to scholarship on social movements and feminist and religious studies."—Sharon P. Doetsch-Kidder, Reading Religion

Sharon P. Doetsch-Kidder
Reading Religion

"Laurel Zwissler centers her analysis around case studies of three women in Canada from the Catholic, United Church, and Pagan traditions. Both micro perspectives and macro investigation provide readers with insights into important differences among the subjects but equally important commonalities of spirit, politics, and action."—Water Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual

Water Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual

“A valuable window into the complex but important role of religion in many progressive feminist groups. Zwissler’s volume helps us to better reflect on the challenging dance of religion and feminism, within the all-important context of activist work. Focusing on cultural and religious resources, rituals, and discourses that shape and constrain movement activity, this is a beautifully written, thoughtfully argued, and timely contribution.”—Courtney Bender, professor in the Department of Religion at Columbia University

Courtney Bender

“The most effective way to understand activist religion is [through] finely tuned ethnographic work. Laurel Zwissler asks perceptive questions, listens to complex responses, and observes the multiple layers of women engaged in progressive public enactments in Toronto. The result is a convincing, compelling book.”—Ronald L. Grimes, director, Ritual Studies International and professor emeritus of religion and culture at Wilfrid Laurier University

Ronald L. Grimes

“Laurel Zwissler’s comprehensive and up-to-date summary and synthesis of matters pertaining to religious, spiritual, and political uses of ritual, ceremony, and action are critical to every large scale protest movement of our time.”—Mary Keller, assistant academic professional lecturer for the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Wyoming

Mary Keller