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ERIC Number: ED443772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-27
Pages: 23
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"So What If I Pray Like a Girl": Gendered Religious Socialization at a Christian School.
Elsasser, Stacey
A study sought to explore and define the nature of gendered religious socialization in a non-denominational Christian school, using the lens of submission theology. Many Christian schools today are less rigid in their rules and doctrines than formerly and are no longer separate from the world. This study was conducted in one such school, where a lack of doctrinal absolutes became important to understanding the way gender is played out in this school. Central to understanding this study is the concept, known as submission theology, that the wife has less authority (specifically spiritual) than her husband. Data are drawn from a case study that included visits to an evangelical Christian school with an enrollment of 150, pre-K through grade 12 students. Most students and faculty have conservative Christian beliefs with more Pentecostal/Charismatic tendencies. Drawing heavily from transcriptions of student/teacher interviews, the issue of the submission of women among the students became a central theme. Issues of submission were found in their discourses regarding leadership, in the teasing and interactions among students and between students and faculty, and by the example set through lack of doctrinal absolutes and the favoritism shown by faculty toward males. This school provides a unique opportunity to see a fragment of the intersection of religion and gender. (Contains 32 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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