The Impact of Women's Studies on the Psychology of Religion: Feminist Critique, Gender Analysis, and the Inclusion of Women

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Book Chapter

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Albany: State University of New York Press (SUNY)


In this chapter I’ll examine endeavors in both the “psychology of religion” proper and the “psychology and religion movement,” describing the impact of scholarship in Women’s Studies on each. I’ll focus on four psychological methodologies often utilized in the study of religion: Freudian theory, Jungian theory, object relations theory/self psychology, and poststructuralist psychoanalytic theory.

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Methodology in Religious Studies: The Interface with Women's Studies


Arvind Sharma