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Globalization, Religion and Sexuality: Plus ça change?

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15603/2176-1078/er.v28n2p74-101



Heather Shipley1


Abstract: Although difficult to capture all changes and current experiences regarding religion and sexuality across the globe, this article provides a survey of the ways these two categories intersect across multiple nations at a specific moment in time. In this article, I consider the assumptions that are embedded in public notions about religion and sexuality in relationship to one another in global context (and public policies across nations). I reflect on the ways religion and sexual diversity are framed as inherently in combat, the reasons for this continual framing and the gaps that are often overlooked between policy and identity experiences.

Key words: globalization; religion, sexual diversity


Resumo: Embora seja difícil de apreender todas as mudanças e experiências atuais envolvendo religião e sexualidade em todo o mundo, este artigo fornece um levantamento das maneiras pelas quais essas duas categorias se cruzam em vários países em um momento específico no tempo. Neste artigo, eu reflito sobre os pressupostos que estão embutidos nas noções públicas sobre religião e sexualidade em relação uma à outra em um contexto global (e nas políticas públicas de todas as nações). Reflito sobre o modo como religião e diversidade sexual são concebidas como inerentemente em combate, as razões para esta contínua concepção e as lacunas que muitas vezes são esquecidas entre política e experiências identitárias.

Palavras-chave: globalização; religião, diversidade sexual.


1 Is Project Manager for the Religion and Diversity Project, a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the construction, management and regulation of religion, gender, sexuality and sexual orientation as identity categories in law, policy and public discourse.


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