Review of Religious Research

, Volume 59, Issue 4, pp 547–556 | Cite as

Gendered Religiosity

  • Landon SchnabelEmail author
Research Note


This study uses measures of cognitive and expressive aspects of gender as a social identity from the General Social Survey to examine whether and how they relate to religiosity. I find that religiosity is clearly gendered, but in different ways for women and men. Consistent with the feminine-typing of religion in the Christian-majority context of the United States, gender expression is linked with more religiousness among women but not men. Consistent with religion being a sometimes patriarchal institution, those with more pride in being men are more religious. I conclude that religiosity is gendered, that degendering and secularization processes could go hand-in-hand, and that future research on gender differences in religiosity should further examine variation among women and among men.


Gender Religion Social Identity 



I am grateful to the four anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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