Research Topic

Power, Bodies, and Regulation Within the Context of Religion and Spirituality

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Embodied and intersectional feminist approaches have emphasised the regulation of bodies, yet far less attention has been paid to the dynamics of power, regulation, and embodiment within religious and spiritual contexts.

This Research Topic seeks to address this gap, taking an intersectional focus to explore the plethora of ways in which people navigate the operation of power and regulation of their bodies within religious and spiritual contexts. In doing so, we invite papers that explore the intersections of gender, class, race and racism, disabilities, sexualities, age(ing), parenthood and childhood, across a variety of religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, and spaces. We aim to build upon important work within the sociologies of religion and spirituality which centre intersectionality as a mechanism to understand people's 'lived' experiences of religion and spirituality. We are interested in the ways that regulation may operate at the legal level; within the everyday 'policing' of bodies by others, and through the self-surveillance and personal regulation that people practice in relation to their own bodies.

In creating this call, we seek papers that recognise the complexities of navigating power and regulation and which consider that people's embodied resistance strategies may not always appear in neat, familiar packages. As Mahmood (2005) has rightly questioned - why do we only recognise embodied agency when people are explicitly resisting, particularly in religious environments?

Articles could consider (although they are certainly not limited to) the following themes:

• Religious leadership inclusions and exclusions
• Exclusion/inclusion of trans and non-binary people within religious/spiritual contexts
• Violence, abuse, coercive control
• Identity construction
• Space, time, and embodied context
• Racism and resistance to racism
• Religion/spirituality as a resource or sanctuary
• Queer sexualities
• Disabilities
• Legal regulations, power, and restrictions
• Pleasure and regulation.

We are looking for original research articles, which will be subject to peer-review. If your article contains original data/fieldwork, please ensure a methodology section is present.

Articles should have a maximum word count of 12,000 and may contain no more than 15 Figures/Tables.


Keywords: Power, Bodies, Regulation, Religion, Spirituality, Feminism


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Embodied and intersectional feminist approaches have emphasised the regulation of bodies, yet far less attention has been paid to the dynamics of power, regulation, and embodiment within religious and spiritual contexts.

This Research Topic seeks to address this gap, taking an intersectional focus to explore the plethora of ways in which people navigate the operation of power and regulation of their bodies within religious and spiritual contexts. In doing so, we invite papers that explore the intersections of gender, class, race and racism, disabilities, sexualities, age(ing), parenthood and childhood, across a variety of religious and spiritual beliefs, practices, and spaces. We aim to build upon important work within the sociologies of religion and spirituality which centre intersectionality as a mechanism to understand people's 'lived' experiences of religion and spirituality. We are interested in the ways that regulation may operate at the legal level; within the everyday 'policing' of bodies by others, and through the self-surveillance and personal regulation that people practice in relation to their own bodies.

In creating this call, we seek papers that recognise the complexities of navigating power and regulation and which consider that people's embodied resistance strategies may not always appear in neat, familiar packages. As Mahmood (2005) has rightly questioned - why do we only recognise embodied agency when people are explicitly resisting, particularly in religious environments?

Articles could consider (although they are certainly not limited to) the following themes:

• Religious leadership inclusions and exclusions
• Exclusion/inclusion of trans and non-binary people within religious/spiritual contexts
• Violence, abuse, coercive control
• Identity construction
• Space, time, and embodied context
• Racism and resistance to racism
• Religion/spirituality as a resource or sanctuary
• Queer sexualities
• Disabilities
• Legal regulations, power, and restrictions
• Pleasure and regulation.

We are looking for original research articles, which will be subject to peer-review. If your article contains original data/fieldwork, please ensure a methodology section is present.

Articles should have a maximum word count of 12,000 and may contain no more than 15 Figures/Tables.


Keywords: Power, Bodies, Regulation, Religion, Spirituality, Feminism


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 July 2022 Manuscript

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