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Religion and Sexuality

Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Religion and Sexuality

Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance

The relationship between religion and sexuality is often framed as inherently conflictual. But what actually happens when religion and sexuality converge in contemporary contexts? This provocative volume goes beyond the familiar debates over toleration and accommodation to explore the ways in which various forms of religious affiliation and sexual identity do, in fact, co-exist. Drawing on interviews and analyzing media representations, legislation, and public discourse on topics such as education, economics, and same-sex marriage in North America and the United Kingdom, this book foregrounds the complexity and multiplicity of religious and sexual identities and practices.

264 pages

Sexuality Stud


Table of Contents

Introduction / Heather Shipley

Part 1: Religion and the Construction of Sexual Minority Rights

1 Beyond Tolerance: Sexual Diversity and Economic Justice / Janet R. Jakobsen

2 “Severely Normal”: Sexuality and Religion in Alberta’s Bill 44 / Pamela Dickey Young

3 “I’m not Homophobic, I’m Chinese”: Hong Kong Canadian Christians and the Campaign against Same-Sex Marriage / Lee Wing Hin

Part 2: Sexuality and the Construction of Religious Identities

4 Challenging Identity Constructs: The Debate over the Sex Education Curriculum in Ontario / Heather Shipley

5 When Religion Meets Sexuality: Two Tales of Intersection / Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip

6 Women, Sex, and the Catholic Church: The Implications of Domestic Violence for Reproductive Choice / Catherine Holtmann

Part 3: Sexual Bodies/Religious Bodies

7 The Construction of a Sexual Pedagogy: Childhood and Saints in Roman Catholic Discourse / Donald L. Boisvert

8 Corporeal Diversity in the Religion of Sport: The Debate over Enhanced Bodies / Tracy J. Trothen

9 Strong Spirits, Abused Bodies: Social, Political, and Theological Reflections / Nancy Nason-Clark

Conclusion / Pamela Dickey Young

Index

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