This edited collection, Intersecting Religion and Sexuality: Sociological Perspectives, outlines what an intersectional analysis can offer research into religion and sexuality. It draws on various research projects which focus on different facets of this topic, such as queer sexualities, unmarried motherhood and heterosexuality, to explore how religion and sexuality intersect with each other, and with other identities such as ethnicity, gender and social class. Given the predominantly heteronormative nature of many religious traditions, marginality, power dynamics and inequalities are central to these interrogations. Intersectionality is an important theoretical lens through which to explore identities that are variously impacted by particular power dynamics and axes of privilege and disadvantage.
Sarah-Jane Page, PhD (2010), University of Nottingham, is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University, UK. She has published various monographs, journal articles and book chapters, including Religion and Sexualities: Theories, Themes and Methodologies (with Heather Shipley, Routledge, 2020).
Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip, PhD (1995), University of Surrey, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham, UK. His latest book, edited with Alex Toft, is: Bisexuality, Religion, and Spirituality: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2020).
Together, Sarah-Jane Page and Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip have written Understanding Young Buddhists: Living out Ethical Journeys (Brill, 2017) and Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-faith Exploration of Young Adults (Routledge, 2013), as well as multiple journal articles and book chapters.
Contributors are George Okechukwu Amakor, Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Christopher Brittain, Katie Gaddini, Dorota Hall, Emmanuele Lazzara, Andrew McKinnon, Teguh Wijaya Mulya, Sarah-Jane Page, Shanon Shah, Heather Shipley, Alex Toft, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip, Pamela Dickey Young.
This will appeal to undergraduates, postgraduates, and academics studying religion, sexuality, gender, class, and ethnicity. The specific disciplinary areas the book will speak to include sociology and religious studies.