According to Davie, why are women more
religious than men?
Women closer to birth/death with role – thus
close to big questions.
According to Woodhead & Heelas, why are
women more religious than men?
Traditional role/ stability – removes
ambiguities of Post modern age.
What do Miller & Hoffman believe women
are more religious?
Why are women more likely to be attracted
to World Rejecting Organisations?
Women = more likely to be poor
compared to men = World Rejecting
(social deprivation – Glock & Stark)
World rejecting sects – many women
involved in establishing (Bruce)
Attitude to risk - Women are socialised
into avoiding risk – being religious =
not willing to take the risk that they
won’t get into heaven (so they believe)
Women taught to be submissive and
passive – link to being religious.
Work part time having more time generally more caring roles.
Source of identity.
What is the appeal of NAMs/ World
Affirming Sects for women?
Lack personal fulfilment due to being
confined in home
Religion as self-improvement
Women lack confidence – seek selfimprovement through religion. (Bruce)
Close to healing = NAM attraction
(Woodhead & Heelas)
Callum Brown – self-religions (new
age) -appeal to women’s wish for
Why does the idea that women living longer
than men indicate why they are more
Often widowed - Turn to religion
Close to life events that link to
religion, i.e. funerals.
Concern for life after death
Davie- Closer to life and death leads to
What would feminists say the appeal of
Religion is for women?
Lack personal fulfilment due to being confined
in home (housework/ childcare)
Compensation/theodicy of disprivilege
Participation gives women power and status
What reasons attract women in joining sects
Organismic deprivation (seek mental
& physical healing)
Now organise your answers into sub catagories
• Life expectancy
• Social Deprivation and Marginalisation
• Status Frustration
Suggest two reasons why women might be more
religious than men.
women are closer to birth and death;
are concerned with the socialisation of the
are controlled by the patriarchal nature of
have been less involved with other aspects
of life, such as political and economic
Why do some feminist sociologists argue that
women’s traditional roles as mothers and
carers mean they feel closer to God?
Women give birth & are more likely to care
for the sick, elderly & dying. They are
therefore closer to the beginning & the end of
life in which God is supposedly involved.