Faith and Feminist Activism in the Midwest: An Ethnographic Examination

Lauren Victoria Murfree, Purdue University


My ethnographic research investigates the collaboration challenges between faith and feminist activist groups in the Midwestern United States. My thesis utilizes original research conducted between July 2017 and February 2018. In particular, I used anthropological data collection techniques, such as participant observation, semi-structured interviews and free-listing, to explore commonalities and areas of divergence between feminist and faith activist communities. Furthermore, I investigated the ways Collective Action mechanisms are applied by activist groups to build strong collaborations and group normative values. I also explored how Reproductive Justice theory could be used to build collaborations between faith and feminist groups, based on areas of overlapping interests. Moreover, I applied reflective practices before, during and after data collection through immersive community engagement in both the research questions and direction. The following thesis is a brief overview of my research intentions, findings and future directions for collaboration between faith and feminist groups in Indiana.




Gruenbaum, Purdue University.

Subject Area

Religion|Cultural anthropology|Womens studies

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