Boundaries and Silences in a Post-Feminist Sociology.

Becker, Penny Edgell. “Boundaries and Silences in a Post-Feminist Sociology.” Sociology of Religion 2000, 61:4 399-408.

Through anecdotal narration, Penny Edgell Becker recounts her journey within the academic context of how sociology of religion has responded to issues of feminism. Becker argues that feminism as an analytical device within sociology of religion is largely underrated by the predominantly post-feminist framework in the current practice of sociology. Becker identifies “silences” in the sociological literature on family and religion that considers both of these institutions as “private”. However, the “private” in these institutions is also political, argues Becker and this is a feminist insight in her view; so also is the view of family itself as a public institution. Becker proposes to leverage feminist insights to engage with a constructive critique of how post-feminist perspective neatly divides society into public and private realms, and systematically devalues feminine aspects such as religion and family into the private realm.