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Men, Marriage And Modernity

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This chapter is concerned primarily with constructions of manhood within born-again discourses on masculinity, marriage, and family life. One of the most important elements of the charismatic movement's discourse on marriage and family matters is revealed by its attitudes towards men and the role played by irresponsible males in what is perceived by the churches as the social and moral crisis in African family life. The chapter examines how the churches define a man's leadership role in marriage and his position as head of the home. In primitive societies, it is said that love is not the basic [sic] of marriage", but economic organisation, division of labour and protection of children.

Keywords: African family life; marriage process; masculinity



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