Religion, family, and women's employment among Muslim and Christian Arab Americans

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Religious influences on family and gender roles are at the center of numerous debates about the role of religion in contemporary American life (Bartkowski 2001; Gallagher 2003; Hardacre 1997; Sherkat 2000; Williams 1997). The accepted wisdom is that the tenets of major religious traditions restrict women's achievements in the public sphere by prioritizing their obligations to the home and family (for a review see Lehrer 1995). Recent studies on Judeo-Christian groups are beginning to challenge this view, finding that the relationships between family, religion, and women's economic activity are more complicated than previously believed (Becker and Hofmeister 2001; Gallagher 2003; Lehrer 1995, 1999; Sherkat 2000). © 2010 by Rutgers University Press. All rights reserved.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Read, JG

Published Date

  • December 1, 2010

Book Title

  • Religion, Families, and Health: Population-Based Research in the United States

Start / End Page

  • 206 - 225

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780813547183

Citation Source

  • Scopus