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Mutual Flourishing? Women Priests and Symbolic Violence in the Church of England

Jagger, Sharon (2021) Mutual Flourishing? Women Priests and Symbolic Violence in the Church of England. Religion and gender, 11 (2). pp. 192-217.

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Abstract

This article explores the experiences of women priests in the Church of England through the lens of Bourdieu’s concept of symbolic violence. Comparing acts of symbolic violence perpetrated against women in the priesthood with the categories of domestic abuse set out in the Duluth Wheel of Power model, I highlight how institutional discourses in the Church and relational interactions can hold hidden abuses based on how gender is constructed at the symbolic level. My intention is to show that the Church of England’s split structure, known as the two integrities, is a manifestation of religious discourse that frames women as differently human and that this fundamental view of gender perpetuates masculine domination and violence against women, often in unseen ways. My argument concludes with a call to better understand the nature of gendered symbolic violence and how religious institutions provide justification for and legitimisation of such violence.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/18785417-bja10006
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV4485-5099 Practical religion. The Christian life
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV598-603 The Church
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV659-683 Ministry. Clergy. Religious vocations
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5782

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