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Gender Politics In Ghana

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This chapter explores the impact of colonial history and the transition to a capitalist economy on African gender relations. It examines the interaction between colonial and indigenous gender ideologies in the emerging post-colonial state. The issues raised here is discussed in more depth in the chapter with reference to Ghana. The chapter establishes the cultural and political context for examining the gender discourses of the charismatic churches in Accra. It shows that gender relations in pre-colonial Ghana were characterised by gender parallelism" - manifest in dual-sex roles and the presence of some women in political of office - but that the complementarity of gender roles was predicated on the fulfilment by women of a set of values linked intrinsically to femininity.

Keywords: charismatic churches; femininity; gender politics; pre-colonial Ghana



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