Gender in Popular Culture and Popular Religion
Barbara Babcock, Pembroke Center Director
Research will look at how gender is constructed and represented differently in high and popular cultures, in institutionalized and popular religions. Has the era of “mass Culture” changed the relationships between popular and elite forms? What impact has it had on representations of gender? What are the changing relationships between Western and non-Western popular and elite cultures? How do popular religious movements, found today in so many countries, represent gender differences? Can we gain insights into the relationships between gender and religious fundamentalism by looking at fundamentalism cross-culturally?