Christian Women in Indonesia: A Narrative Study of Gender and Religion (Google eBook)

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Syracuse University Press, 2003 - Religion - 226 pages
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Revelatory studies capture a moment in Indonesian history: "a leap forward in what may be a major transition from patriarchy to gender equality."

This important book offers an edifying narrative of Indonesian women who find a new and powerful voice in the course of preparing to become Christian pastors and theologians in their native land. By assuming roles of responsibility, these women stand ready to transform gender ideologies that have traditionally governed Indonesian culture, for example, that women are an inferior sex and not suited to leadership. On a broader canvas they join a growing global course toward gender equality and the evolution of women's spirituality.

Adeney clearly shows how religious-inspired resistance led these women to draft new practices and theologies designed to foster parity. Realizing that western ideas are inapplicable to foreign issues of gender and religion, the author sheds light on the twin questions of cultural isolation and the complexities of doing research in the post-modern era.

  

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Contents

Introduction to Part
3
Indonesia
16
Gender Ideologies
32
The Challenge of University Life
53
Strategies of Resistance
76
Strategies of Growth
104
Introduction to Part
129
A North American Feminist in Indonesia
138
Using Theories Across Cultures
153
Feminist Theory versus Advocacy
172
Appendix
193
References
199
Index
213
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About the author (2003)

frances adeney is a professor at the Louisville Presbyterain Theological Seminary

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