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.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Meyers, Catherine E., "Secularization as a Decline in Religious Authority Over Gender" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 685.