Navigating Religion, Sexuality and Illness: Ellie’s Story

Sarah-Jane Page, Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter uses one woman’s life story to examine the intersection of religion, sexuality, and illness. This woman, Ellie, was a university student who identified as a ‘Quaker-Buddhist-Pagan’ bisexual and practised polyamory, and she also suffered from chronic illness. While she encountered particular disadvantages, Ellie was also able to utilise significant resources in relation to her class location and ethnicity, as a middle-class white woman, to engender successful outcomes as she navigated various youth transitions. The intersectional analysis of her story has generated an account of how privileges and disadvantages interrelate, demonstrating the structural constraints and agentic potentials garnered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntersecting Religion and Sexuality
Subtitle of host publicationSociological Perspectives
EditorsSarah-Jane Page, Andrew K.T. Yip
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages21
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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The main study, conducted between 2009 and 2011, was jointly funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Religion and Society Programme (Award no. ah/G014051/1).


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