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Christmas in the Room: Gender, Conflict, and Compromise in Multi-Religious Domestic Space

Department of Women and Gender Studies and Program in Jewish Studies, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309, USA
Religions 2020, 11(6), 281; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060281
Received: 5 May 2020 / Revised: 29 May 2020 / Accepted: 3 June 2020 / Published: 9 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religious Conflict and Coexistence: The Korean Context and Beyond)
Interfaith relationships offer particular potential for creating religious coexistence; they also play out very differently in domestic space than in public and civic spaces, with the result that interfaith marriage becomes an important, yet unique, site of religious cooperation, co-existence, and conflict. The article argues that examinations of interfaith families must take three factors into account, each of which involves careful attention to the particular power dynamics of the family in question. First, scholars must think about the broader context in which the interfaith family has come to exist. Second, scholars must consider that the emotional and power dynamics of domestic space often have little in common with the compromises and power dynamics of public space. Lastly, while gender is not generally a key category of analysis for thinking about interfaith encounters in public space, gender, both as it shapes power dynamics and as it drives assumptions about childrearing and domestic labor, shapes interfaith family life and requires attendant scholarly attention. View Full-Text
Keywords: interfaith families; public; Christian; Jewish; gender; United States interfaith families; public; Christian; Jewish; gender; United States
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Mehta, S.K. Christmas in the Room: Gender, Conflict, and Compromise in Multi-Religious Domestic Space. Religions 2020, 11, 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060281

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Mehta SK. Christmas in the Room: Gender, Conflict, and Compromise in Multi-Religious Domestic Space. Religions. 2020; 11(6):281. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060281

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Mehta, Samira K. 2020. "Christmas in the Room: Gender, Conflict, and Compromise in Multi-Religious Domestic Space" Religions 11, no. 6: 281. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060281

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