Gendered religion in Prison? Comparing imprisoned men and women's expressed religiosity in Switzerland

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serval:BIB_2C896DF4EA6C
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Gendered religion in Prison? Comparing imprisoned men and women's expressed religiosity in Switzerland
Journal
Women's Studies: An inter-disciplinary journal
Author(s)
Becci Irene, Mallory Schneuwly-Purdie
ISSN
0049-7878
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2012
Volume
41
Number
6
Pages
706-727
Language
english
Abstract
Because of its secluded character the prison world is the object of distorted perceptions and a vivid imagery, which applies as well and probably, even to a very high degree to both gender and religion. Based on empirical data collected in two Swiss prisons, this article concentrates on two main topics: firstly, the authors describe the ways in which religiosity is expressed and practiced in prison by male and female inmates. Secondly, they comment on the social functions that inmates attribute to religion in prison. If men and women understand and practice religion in a similar manner, on the contrary, it appears that they attribute differentiated function to religion. After sketching out their methodological approach and briefly present their data, the authors connect their findings to the idea that if the institution determines to a large extent the differences in religiosity, the institution itself is organized according to a gendered logic and thereby also promotes a gendered relation to religion.
Keywords
Gender, prison, religion, religiosity, social function
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25/09/2012 15:30
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20/08/2019 14:11
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