Anglican disputes over sexuality in the intersection of global power relations

Andrew McKinnon, Christopher Craig Brittain

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This chapter situates recent conflicts in the Anglican Communion, where sexuality is a “presenting symptom”, in relation to global power differentials. In interviews, senior church leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa accounted for the conflict, often making reference to colonialism and the post-colonial context, but they reference these inequalities in varied ways and to different ends. In a global church, disputes are irreducibly complex and sometimes contradictory, imbricated in intersections of power and domination, both in the church and wider society. Intersectionality provides a useful heuristic for ensuring that analyses are not reduced to any single axis of contention and disagreement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersecting Religion and Sexuality
Subtitle of host publicationSociological Perspectives
EditorsAndrew Yip, Sarah Jane Page
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-04-39071-3
ISBN (Print)978-90-04-37247-4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameReligion and the Social Order
ISSN (Print)1061-5210


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