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CRITICALLY CONSIDERING AMERICAN CIVIL RELIGION AND SECULAR NOTIONS OF SEXUAL FREEDOM

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This research investigates the collective consciousness of proper sex and gender performance in the United States through the lens of the religious rhetoric of American civil religion. I seek to better understand how American civil religion is perpetuated, to investigate its ideologically Christian notions of innate human sexuality, and to uncover how these notions inform American secular discourse of sexual freedom. I utilize Robert N. Bellah’s theory of American civil religion, as well as Joan Wallach Scott’s theorizing of sexularism, to investigate instances of public religious rhetoric in the United States, especially where it meets the discourses of secularism and sex and gender. Specifically, this project analyzes three artifacts and/or public policy campaigns pertaining to the regulation of sex and gender identity and uncovers the ways in which the influence of American civil religion preferences inherently Protestant values and serves to justify forms of gendered subordination.
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Pearson, Chloe (author)
Atchison, Jarrod (committee chair)
Ramachandran, Tanisha (committee member)
date
2019-05-24T08:35:37Z (accessioned)
2019-05-24T08:35:37Z (available)
2019 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/93921 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
title
CRITICALLY CONSIDERING AMERICAN CIVIL RELIGION AND SECULAR NOTIONS OF SEXUAL FREEDOM
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