Religion, the Body, and Sexuality: An Introduction (Hardcover)

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How does religion relate to bodies and sexualities? Many people would answer, simply, through repression, but the relationship is much more complicated than that. While many religions draw boundaries between what they consider to be appropriate and inappropriate use of the human body, especially in the realm of sexuality, the same religions often celebrate human sexuality and even expect sexual partners to provide each other with sexual pleasure. Celibacy, too, is more than just repression, and sometimes it is even seen as providing the practitioner with great spiritual power; in other settings, the sex act itself is understood to provide this power.

Religion, the Body, and Sexuality offers students and general readers a sophisticated and accessible exploration of the connections between religion, sexuality, and the body, through case studies and overviews in the following thematic chapters:

Celibacy

Regulation

Controversy

Violence

Innovation

Instrumentalization

Ecstasy

Each chapter includes suggestions for further reading, questions for further thought, and a list of relevant media resources.

This engaging book is an excellent addition to introductory courses on religion or sexuality and is a much-needed new volume for advanced courses on the intersections of these areas of human experience.

About the Author


Nina Hoel is Associate Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Oslo, Norway. Melissa M. Wilcox is Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside, USA.Liz Wilson is Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University of Ohio, USA.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781138728103
ISBN-10: 1138728101
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 11th, 2020
Pages: 168
Language: English