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VIDEO DOI: https://doi.org/10.48448/jr0h-c136


AAA Annual Meeting 2021

November 18, 2021

Baltimore, United States

Spiritual Divides: Debating the Role of Religion in Gender-Based Violence


applied anthropology


gender violence

Religion and trauma have a fraught relationship: for some, religious communities and ideologies can be a source of great violence, while for others, they can be a salve on a wound. What role does religion specifically play in the experience of gender-based violence? Some religious communities can be alienating and damaging to survivors, such as survivors of Intimate Partner Violence who are expected to stay with their abusive spouse. Alternatively, religious practices and congregations can also be a source of strength, community, and personal healing. In this debate, scholars of gender-based violence will discuss the multifaceted role of religion in their respective fieldwork sites, and debate about the many sides to this fraught•yet potentially fruitful•relationship. We will consider how scholars and practitioners alike can be attentive to the different truths of survivors and their intersectional experiences with religion and violence, and be responsible and accountable to those truths. Through this conversation, we will explore a variety of questions, including: What can be learned from these different experiences in the field of gender-based violence to support religious survivors? What can be learned to support survivors who may have been further victimized by their religious practices or communities? Moreover, how can ethnography on gender-based violence and religion encourage productive collaboration between practitioners and clergy? Through these types of questions, we can move towards an anthropological praxis that supports survivors of gender-based violence with respect to religion across a variety of contexts.


Transcript English (automatic)

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