Alternative Vernacular Religious Parking Practices in Portland

Sujittra Avery Carr (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

This paper explores the relationship between place and gender in narratives about the Parking Goddess and other parking-based expressions of vernacular religion. Women and non-binary folk from the Portland area were asked questions about who they were, their criteria for parking, and their vernacular religious parking practice. Most participants foregrounded their experience and perception of place in their narratives, but gender was often woven through thematically. Gender informed their descriptions of place which were intrinsic to their parking practices. Therefore, I conclude that gender is an intrinsic element of their parking practices.

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