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Defining Womanhood

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This chapter considers the key themes in charismatic discourses on womanhood and assesses the extent to which they reflect or challenge the gender politics and gender ideology. It challenges the assumption that born-again Christianity is concerned, overwhelmingly, with female domesticity and the familial roles of women. The chapter examines church attitudes towards women at the level of discourse. It presents some analysis of the central themes within born-again Christian discourses that refer specifically to women and their spiritual, social, and familial roles. The women's fellowship is a common feature of church life in the charismatic movement. The importance of mothering as a symbol of African womanhood is well known and has contributed in some way to the shaping of gender roles within African expressions of Christianity.

Keywords: African womanhood; born-again Christianity; charismatic discourses; women's fellowship



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