The Thursdays as they live: Christian religious transformation and gender relations in postwar Gorongosa, Central Mozambique

Igreja, V. and Lambranca, B. D. (2009) The Thursdays as they live: Christian religious transformation and gender relations in postwar Gorongosa, Central Mozambique. Journal of Religion in Africa, 39 3: 262-294. doi:10.1163/157006609X449946


Author Igreja, V.
Lambranca, B. D.
Title The Thursdays as they live: Christian religious transformation and gender relations in postwar Gorongosa, Central Mozambique
Journal name Journal of Religion in Africa   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4200
1570-0666
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/157006609X449946
Open Access Status
Volume 39
Issue 3
Start page 262
End page 294
Total pages 33
Editor Masquelier, Adeline
Weiss, Brad
Place of publication Leiden, Holland
Publisher Brill
Language eng
Subject 950404 Religion and Society
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
220405 Religion and Society
C1
Abstract This paper focuses on gendered processes of socialization experienced by Christian religious groups in different Christian churches in post-civil war Gorongosa, a district in the centre of Mozambique. Discourses of radical social transformation through Christian interventions and experiences are prominent among Christians, both men and women. Yet a comprehensive and longitudinal analysis of the social world in which the Christian groups are embedded and the performances of Christian men and women demonstrates the emergence of complex processes of transformation and continuities with local cultural beliefs and practices that many non-Christians have partially or thoroughly reformed or abandoned. These changes and continuities also encompass the manifestation of fluid forms of submission and creativity, and masculinities and femininities against the ideological notion of thoroughly new and closed Christian identities. The overall analysis suggests that the tension between the practices of change and continuity are necessary in order to create and sustain the legitimacy of the various Christian groups in Gorongosa.
Keyword Christian religion
PENTECOSTALISM
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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