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Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice; College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Ana Maria Garcia
In the following essay, I will attempt to extend the understanding of disability as a
constitutive system – based on the social model of disability proposed by Mike Oliver – to the discussion of religious agency. I will first ground this theoretical application in a literature review with two areas of focus: (1) the dichotomy of modernity/secularism and religion, and (2) conceptualizations of agency. Specifically, my research question will be: how can “disability” as a category of analysis serve as a lens through which to analyze Western perceptions of religious agency in reference to Muslim women, and how does ableism shape Western, secular, feminist theories?
Kopcsandy, Jasmyn, "Less Than Agency: Religious Agency and the System of Disability" (2016). Senior Capstone Theses. 21.