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Motherhood and Priesthood are two roles that carry with them particular expectations and demands; both are premised on the notion of altruism and sacrifice, constant availability, and putting the needs of others before one’s own. This has also been gendered; sacrifice and altruism have traditionally been connected with women. This article will examine what happens when clergy mothers simultaneously enact the roles of priesthood and motherhood, and how this is managed in the context of ‘intensive’ motherhood and priesthood. Based on in-depth semi-structured interviews with 17 clergy mothers in the Anglican Church, it will highlight the contradictions, negotiations and interweaving which occurs for both roles to be concurrently enacted, offering a contextual insight into the management of motherhood vis-à-vis professional life.

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In: Religion and Gender
There is currently an acute lack of scholarly engagement with Buddhism and youth. Based on ground-breaking empirical research, Understanding Young Buddhists: Living out Ethical Journeys explores the stories of young Buddhists, through a rich analysis of their lived experiences. Page and Yip explore their journeying into Buddhism, their Buddhist belief and practice, their management of sexuality, and their social positioning in relation to family and kin, friendship networks, youth culture, and occupational aspirations. Using lived religion as a theoretical lens, and bringing into dialogue research on Buddhism and youth, Understanding Young Buddhists convincingly demonstrates the resourcefulness and creativity of young Buddhists in developing ethics for life, as they negotiate the diverse challenges and opportunities in their journeys of life.


This chapter uses one woman’s life story to examine the intersection of religion, sexuality, and illness. This woman, Ellie, was a university student who identified as a ‘Quaker-Buddhist-Pagan’ bisexual and practised polyamory, and she also suffered from chronic illness. While she encountered particular disadvantages, Ellie was also able to utilise significant resources in relation to her class location and ethnicity, as a middle-class white woman, to engender successful outcomes as she navigated various youth transitions. The intersectional analysis of her story has generated an account of how privileges and disadvantages interrelate, demonstrating the structural constraints and agentic potentials garnered.

In: Intersecting Religion and Sexuality


This chapter aims to enable a more nuanced conversation about the inclusion of religion in intersectional study, specifically in relation to sexuality. It starts by introducing intersectionality and how we conceptualise it, orienting it around four key ideas: social complexity, multiple interlocking dynamics, relationality, and power. We then consider how religion can be applied to enrich an intersectional approach. After introducing the subsequent eleven contributions in this volume, we end the chapter by offering five suggestions for future research engagements structured around intersectionality and religion, including a more active documentation of voices from the Global South.

In: Intersecting Religion and Sexuality
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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.
In: Understanding Young Buddhists
In: Understanding Young Buddhists