The gendered body in its common, everyday activities and references is the central focus of this book. Recognizing the highly abstract and often `disembodied' character of contemporary discussions on `the body' in relation to gender, subjectivity and discourse, the authors of this anthology start their inquiries at a more mundane level by studying `common bodies': human bodies and bodily practices in daily situations of (domestic) work and care, of sex, love and violence, and of prayer and ritual. From this angle of `corporeal agency' they discuss the meaning of religion, religiosity, transcendence and/or Divinity.
Maaike de Haardt is Catharina Halkes/Unie NKV Professor of Religion and Gender at the Catholic University of Nijmegen and senior lecturer in Women's Studies in Theology at the Theological Faculty of Tilburg.
Anne-Marie Korte is Professor of Women's Studies in Theology at the University of Utrecht and senior lecturer in Theological Women's Studies at the Catholic Theological University in Utrecht.
Together they coordinate the Dutch National Research Program in Women's Studies in Theology from which this book is one of the results.