Religion The Secular And The Politics Of Sexual Difference

✏Book Title : Religion the Secular and the Politics of Sexual Difference
✏Author : Linell E. Cady
✏Publisher : Columbia University Press
✏Release Date : 2013-11-05
✏Pages : 344
✏ISBN : 9780231536042
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Religion the Secular and the Politics of Sexual Difference Book Summary : Global struggles over women's roles, rights, and dress increasingly cast the secular and the religious in tense if not violent opposition. When advocates for equality speak in terms of rights and modern progress, or reactionaries ground their authority in religious and scriptural appeals, both tend to presume women's emancipation is ineluctably tied to secularization. Religion, the Secular, and the Politics of Sexual Difference upsets this certainty by drawing on diverse voices and traditions in studies that historicize, question, and test the implicit links between secularism and expanded freedoms for women. Rather than position secularism as the answer to conflicts over gender and sexuality, this volume shows both religion and the secular collaborate in creating the conditions that generate them.

✏Book Title : Religion Secularism and Constitutional Democracy
✏Author : Jean L. Cohen
✏Publisher : Columbia University Press
✏Release Date : 2015-12-22
✏Pages : 492
✏ISBN : 9780231540735
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Religion Secularism and Constitutional Democracy Book Summary : Polarization between political religionists and militant secularists on both sides of the Atlantic is on the rise. Critically engaging with traditional secularism and religious accommodationism, this collection introduces a constitutional secularism that robustly meets contemporary challenges. It identifies which connections between religion and the state are compatible with the liberal, republican, and democratic principles of constitutional democracy and assesses the success of their implementation in the birthplace of political secularism: the United States and Western Europe. Approaching this issue from philosophical, legal, historical, political, and sociological perspectives, the contributors wage a thorough defense of their project's theoretical and institutional legitimacy. Their work brings fresh insight to debates over the balance of human rights and religious freedom, the proper definition of a nonestablishment norm, and the relationship between sovereignty and legal pluralism. They discuss the genealogy of and tensions involving international legal rights to religious freedom, religious symbols in public spaces, religious arguments in public debates, the jurisdiction of religious authorities in personal law, and the dilemmas of religious accommodation in national constitutions and public policy when it violates international human rights agreements or liberal-democratic principles. If we profoundly rethink the concepts of religion and secularism, these thinkers argue, a principled adjudication of competing claims becomes possible.

✏Book Title : Religion Secularism and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf
✏Author : Kristina K. Groover
✏Publisher : Springer Nature
✏Release Date : 2019-12-13
✏Pages : 214
✏ISBN : 9783030325688
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Religion Secularism and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf Book Summary : Religion, Secularism, and the Spiritual Paths of Virginia Woolf offers an expansive interdisciplinary study of spirituality in Virginia Woolf's writing, drawing on theology, psychology, geography, history, gender and sexuality studies, and other critical fields. The essays in this collection interrogate conventional approaches to the spiritual, and to Woolf’s work, while contributing to a larger critical reappraisal of modernism, religion, and secularism. While Woolf’s atheism and her sharp criticism of religion have become critical commonplaces, her sometimes withering critique of religion conflicts with what might well be called a religious sensibility in her work. The essays collected here take up a challenge posed by Woolf herself: how to understand her persistent use of religious language, her representation of deeply mysterious human experiences, and her recurrent questions about life's meaning in light of her disparaging attitude toward religion. These essays argue that Woolf's writing reframes and reclaims the spiritual in alternate forms; she strives to find new language for those numinous experiences that remain after the death of God has been pronounced.

✏Book Title : Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites
✏Author : Elazar Barkan
✏Publisher : Columbia University Press
✏Release Date : 2014-11-11
✏Pages : 384
✏ISBN : 9780231538060
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites Book Summary : This anthology explores the dynamics of shared religious sites in Turkey, the Balkans, Palestine/Israel, Cyprus, and Algeria, indicating where local and national stakeholders maneuver between competition and cooperation, coexistence and conflict. Contributors probe the notion of coexistence and the logic that underlies centuries of "sharing," exploring when and why sharing gets interrupted—or not—by conflict, and the policy consequences. These essays map the choreographies of shared sacred spaces within the framework of state-society relations, juxtaposing a site's political and religious features and exploring whether sharing or contestation is primarily religious or politically motivated. Although religion and politics are intertwined phenomena, the contributors to this volume understand the category of "religion" and the "political" as devices meant to distinguish between the theological and confessional aspects of religion and the political goals of groups. Their comparative approach better represents the transition in some cases of sites into places of hatred and violence, while in other instances they remain noncontroversial. The essays clearly delineate the religious and political factors that contribute to the context and causality of conflict at these sites and draw on history and anthropology to shed light on the often rapid switch from relative tolerance to distress to peace and calm.

📒Blood ✍ Gil Anidjar

✏Book Title : Blood
✏Author : Gil Anidjar
✏Publisher : Columbia University Press
✏Release Date : 2014-04-29
✏Pages : 560
✏ISBN : 9780231537254
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Blood Book Summary : Blood, according to Gil Anidjar, maps the singular history of Christianity. As a category for historical analysis, blood can be seen through its literal and metaphorical uses as determining, sometimes even defining Western culture, politics, and social practices and their wide-ranging incarnations in nationalism, capitalism, and law. Engaging with a variety of sources, Anidjar explores the presence and the absence, the making and unmaking of blood in philosophy and medicine, law and literature, and economic and political thought from ancient Greece to medieval Spain, from the Bible to Shakespeare and Melville. The prevalence of blood in the social, juridical, and political organization of the modern West signals that we do not live in a secular age into which religion could return. Flowing across multiple boundaries, infusing them with violent precepts that we must address, blood undoes the presumed oppositions between religion and politics, economy and theology, and kinship and race. It demonstrates that what we think of as modern is in fact imbued with Christianity. Christianity, Blood fiercely argues, must be reconsidered beyond the boundaries of religion alone.

📒The Sacred And The Feminine ✍ Griselda Pollock

✏Book Title : The Sacred and the Feminine
✏Author : Griselda Pollock
✏Publisher : I.B.Tauris
✏Release Date : 2007-11-28
✏Pages : 288
✏ISBN : 9780857716590
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Sacred and the Feminine Book Summary : The notion of a special intimacy between ‘the feminine and the sacred’ has received significant attention since the publication of Julia Kristeva and CathĂ©rine ClĂ©ment’s famous ecumenical ‘conversation’ of the same name which focussed on the relationship between meaning and the body at whose interface the feminine is positioned. Brought to the wider public as the ‘sacred feminine’, it has also made its mark on popular culture. Taking up the debate and moving beyond anthropology or theology, writers from varied ethnic, geo-cultural and religious perspectives here join with secular cultural analysts to explore the sacred and the feminine in art, architecture, literature, art history, music, philosophy, theology, critical theory and cultural studies. The book addresses key issues in feminist questions of creativity, the imaginary and the sacred as 'otherness', exploring the ways in which visual practices have explored this rich, contested and highly charged territory.

📒Comics Media ✍ Hillary L. Chute

✏Book Title : Comics Media
✏Author : Hillary L. Chute
✏Publisher : University of Chicago Press
✏Release Date : 2014-07-11
✏Pages : 272
✏ISBN : 9780226239088
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Comics Media Book Summary : The past decade has seen the medium of comics reach unprecedented heights of critical acclaim and commercial success. Comics & Media reflects that, bringing together an amazing array of contributors--creators and critics alike--to discuss the state, future, and potential of the medium. Loaded with full-color reproductions of work by such legends as R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Daniel Clowes, and Lynda Barry, the book addresses the place of comics in both a contemporary and historical context. Essays by such high-profile figures as Tom Gunning, N. Katherine Hayles, Patrick Jagoda, and W. J. T. Mitchell address a stunning range of topics, including the place of comics in the history of aesthetics, changes to popular art forms, digital humanities, and ongoing tensions between new and old media. The result is a substantial step forward for our understanding of what comics are and can be, and the growing place they hold in our culture.

📒Sensible Ecstasy ✍ Amy Hollywood

✏Book Title : Sensible Ecstasy
✏Author : Amy Hollywood
✏Publisher : University of Chicago Press
✏Release Date : 2010-01-15
✏Pages : 384
✏ISBN : 0226349462
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Sensible Ecstasy Book Summary : Sensible Ecstasy investigates the attraction to excessive forms of mysticism among twentieth-century French intellectuals and demonstrates the work that the figure of the mystic does for these thinkers. With special attention to Georges Bataille, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Lacan, and Luce Irigaray, Amy Hollywood asks why resolutely secular, even anti-Christian intellectuals are drawn to affective, bodily, and widely denigrated forms of mysticism. What is particular to these thinkers, Hollywood reveals, is their attention to forms of mysticism associated with women. They regard mystics such as Angela of Foligno, Hadewijch, and Teresa of Avila not as emotionally excessive or escapist, but as unique in their ability to think outside of the restrictive oppositions that continue to afflict our understanding of subjectivity, the body, and sexual difference. Mystics such as these, like their twentieth-century descendants, bridge the gaps between action and contemplation, emotion and reason, and body and soul, offering new ways of thinking about language and the limits of representation.

📒Sex And Secularism ✍ Joan Wallach Scott

✏Book Title : Sex and Secularism
✏Author : Joan Wallach Scott
✏Publisher : Princeton University Press
✏Release Date : 2019-11-12
✏Pages : 240
✏ISBN : 9780691197227
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏Sex and Secularism Book Summary : How gender inequality is built into the conception of modern secular nation-states Joan Wallach Scott’s acclaimed writings have been foundational for the field of gender history. With Sex and Secularism, she challenges one of the central claims of the "clash of civilizations" polemic—that secularism guarantees gender equality. Drawing on a wealth of scholarship, Scott shows that the gender equality invoked today as an enduring principle was not originally associated with the term "secularism" when it first entered the nineteenth-century lexicon. In fact, the inequality of the sexes was fundamental to the separation of church and state that inaugurated Western modernity. Scott reveals how the assertion that secularism has been synonymous with equality between the sexes has distracted our attention from difficulties related to gender difference—ones shared by Western and non-Western cultures alike.

📒The Politics Of The Veil ✍ Joan Wallach Scott

✏Book Title : The Politics of the Veil
✏Author : Joan Wallach Scott
✏Publisher : Princeton University Press
✏Release Date : 2010-08-22
✏Pages : 224
✏ISBN : 9780691147987
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

✏The Politics of the Veil Book Summary : In 2004, the French government instituted a ban on the wearing of "conspicuous signs" of religious affiliation in public schools. Though the ban applies to everyone, it is aimed at Muslim girls wearing headscarves. Proponents of the law insist it upholds France's values of secular liberalism and regard the headscarf as symbolic of Islam's resistance to modernity. The Politics of the Veil is an explosive refutation of this view, one that bears important implications for us all. Joan Wallach Scott, the renowned pioneer of gender studies, argues that the law is symptomatic of France's failure to integrate its former colonial subjects as full citizens. She examines the long history of racism behind the law as well as the ideological barriers thrown up against Muslim assimilation. She emphasizes the conflicting approaches to sexuality that lie at the heart of the debate--how French supporters of the ban view sexual openness as the standard for normalcy, emancipation, and individuality, and the sexual modesty implicit in the headscarf as proof that Muslims can never become fully French. Scott maintains that the law, far from reconciling religious and ethnic differences, only exacerbates them. She shows how the insistence on homogeneity is no longer feasible for France--or the West in general--and how it creates the very "clash of civilizations" said to be at the root of these tensions. The Politics of the Veil calls for a new vision of community where common ground is found amid our differences, and where the embracing of diversity--not its suppression--is recognized as the best path to social harmony.