THE ROLE OF A WOMAN: HOW RELIGIOUS BELIEFS INFLUENCE A PERSON’S ATTITUDE? A COMPARISON OF ROMAN CATHOLICS, MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR KRISHNA CONSCIOUSNESS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO DO NOT BELONG TO ANY RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY

Vita Arlickienė, Kristina Žardeckaitė-Matulaitienė

Abstract


The purpose of this presentation is to compare the perception of the woman’s role identified by Roman Catholics, members of the International Community of Krishna Consciousness, and individuals who do not belong to any religious community. The survey analyses how a person’s religious beliefs influence their attitude to the woman`s role, i.e. weather they hold a traditional or egalitarian attitude towards the woman`s role, how representatives of religious communities and individuals who do not belong to any religious community understand what qualities should a typical woman have. This presentation is based on the study conducted in 2015 with the aim of comparing the perception of these three religious groups regarding gender roles. The results of the study indicate that there is a difference between Roman Catholics, members of the International community of Krishna Consciousness and those who do not belong to any religious community in terms of perception of the woman`s role. Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness are more in favour of the traditional attitude towards the role of a woman compared to Roman Catholics or individuals who do not identify with any religious community. The most egalitarian view of the woman’s role is held by the individuals who do not belong to any religious community.

Keywords


the woman’s role, Roman Catholic faith, International Community of Krishna Consciousness, persons who do not belong to any religious community, egalitarian, traditional

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13165/SMS-18-10-2-08

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