Abstract

Recent secularization debates have helped to interpret the changing influence of religion over time and over social life. I argue that Chaves' (1994) conception of secularization, that secularization occurs as a decline in religious authority, is an effective theoretical tool for describing religious change over time. Using GSS data and the example of gender ideology, I attempt to illustrate this concept and argue that this view of secularization, combined with a multidimensional approach to gender, is necessary to more fully explain the changing relationship among religion and gender over time.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology

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Date Submitted

2005-07-22

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd975

Keywords

secularization, gender

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Sociology Commons

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