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Conceptualizing lived religious citizenship: a case-study of Christian and Muslim women in Norway and the United Kingdom

By Line Nyhagen

Abstract

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Citizenship Studies on 31st July 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13621025.2015.1049979.The concept of ‘religious citizenship’ is increasingly being used by scholars, but there are few attempts at defining it. This article argues that rights-based definitions giving primacy to status and rights are too narrow, and that feminist approaches to citizenship foregrounding identity, belonging and participation, as well as an ethics of care, provide a more comprehensive understanding of how religious women understand and experience their own ‘religious citizenship’. Findings from interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Oslo and Leicester suggest a close relationship between religious women’s faith and practice (‘lived religion’) and their ‘lived citizenship’. However, gender inequalities and status differences between majority and minority religions produce challenges to rights-based approaches to religious citizenship

Topics: Citizenship, Religious citizenship, Lived religion, Gender and religion, Women and Islam, Women and Christianity
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1080/13621025.2015.1049979
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.lboro.ac.uk:2134/17154
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