Evangelical Identity and Gendered Family Life

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Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Religion - 244 pages
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Evangelical Identity and Gendered Family Life provides a sociological and historical analysis of gender, family, and work among evangelical Protestants. In this innovative study, Sally Gallagher traces two lines of gender ideals--one of husbands' authority and leadership, the other of mutuality and partnership in marriage--from the Puritans to the Promise Keepers into the lives of ordinary evangelicals today.  Rather than simply reacting against or accommodating themselves to "secular society," Gallagher argues that both traditional and egalitarian evangelicals draw on longstanding beliefs about gender, human nature, and the person of God.

The author bases her arguments on an analysis of evangelical family advice literature, data from a large national survey and personal interviews with over 300 evangelicals nationwide. No other work in this area draws on such a range of data and methodological resources. Evangelical Identity and Gendered Family Life establishes a standard for future research by locating the sources, strategies, and meaning of gender within evangelical Protestantism.

 

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Gallagher (sociology, Oregon State Univ.) has taken advantage of extensive data and interviews with American evangelicals to examine their views and practice in family life. Starting with the early ... Read full review

Contents

Evangelical family Values in Social Discourse
3
A History of Mutuality and Render Hierarchy
19
Twentiethcentury Evangelical Ideals
39
Symbolic Traditionalism and Pragmatic Egalitarianism
63
Faith and Family
65
Spiritual Leadership and Decision Making
85
Dividing the Labor of Parenting and Housework
105
Employment and the Needs of Children
127
What Would Be Lost If Evangelicals Abandoned the Notion of Husbands Headship?
155
History Community and Identity Tools and Truths in the Evangelical Tool Kit
175
Appendix A Research Methods
181
Appendix B Tables
191
Excurses into Exegesis Essentialist and biblical Feminist Interpretation of Key Biblical Texts
199
Notes
207
Bibliography
221
Index
241

Understanding Evangelical Identity Gender and Family
153

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