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

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Igreja, Victor and Dias-Lambranca, Beatrice. 2009. "The Thursdays as they live: Christian religious transformation and gender relations in postwar Mozambique." Journal of Religion in Africa. 39 (3), pp. 262-294. https://doi.org/10.1163/157006609X449946
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The Thursdays as they live: Christian religious transformation and gender relations in postwar Mozambique

ERA Journal ID9557
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsIgreja, Victor (Author) and Dias-Lambranca, Beatrice (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Religion in Africa
Journal Citation39 (3), pp. 262-294
Number of Pages32
Year2009
Place of PublicationNetherlands
ISSN0022-4200
1570-0666
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1163/157006609X449946
Web Address (URL)http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/157006609x449946
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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.

KeywordsChristian religion; gender; post-civil war Mozambique; socialization; transformation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020500402. Comparative religious studies
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