Gender, profession, and non-conformal religiosity

  • Warburg M
  • Luchau P
  • Andersen P
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Abstract

Possible relations between gender, profession, {&} nonconformal religiosity are discussed, {&} patterns of religiosity are analyzed among Danes in the social, educational, {&} health care (SEH) professions with a view to clarifying the role of gender vs that of profession in propagating nonconformal religiosity, based on interview data from 120 members of the Danish Baha'i community {&} from the Danish part of the European Values Study (EVS). The conversion accounts of SEH professionals among the Danish Baha'is indicate a specific religious socialization in the SEH professional environment. The EVS data demonstrate that nonconformal religiosity is much more prevalent among SEH professionals than among the rest of the population: 3-5 times as many practiced meditation, yoga, or healing, {&} belief in reincarnation was also more widespread, with no differences between men {&} women. For persons not in the SEH professions, indicators of both conformal {&} nonconformal religiosity showed a higher prevalence among women than men. This corroborates the hypothesis that the female-dominated SEH professional environment exerts a strong socialization to nonconformal religiosity, a socialization that may outweigh the general effect of gender. 4 Tables, 21 References. Adapted from the source document. DE: Descriptors *Religiosity (D704400); *Denmark (D207000); *Professions (D667500); *Sex (D757800); *Religious Conversion (D705300); *Professional Socialization (D665400); *Sex Differences (D758100); *Bahaism (D064800) CL: Classification 2983 feminist/gender studies; sociology of gender {&} gender relations. 1535 sociology of religion; sociology of religion AF: Author Affiliation Dept History Religions, U Copenhagen, Denmark

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Authors

  • Margit Warburg

  • Peter Luchau

  • Peter B. Andersen

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