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Singleness, Sexuality And The Dream Of Marriage

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This chapter investigates how the Pentecostal Charismatic Christian (PCC) message influenced the way the women the author studied interpreted their singleness, and the ideological and practical framework it gave them on their road to marriage. In order to contribute to our understanding of the changing social fabric of South Africa's emerging black middle class it focuses on what has emerged as a central issue amongst this group, namely the growing popularity of the nuclear family which is understood by many black South African men and women as a symbol of, and means to, success and prosperity. The ideal of marriage and sexual fidelity that both His People and Grace Bible church advocated was a powerful image around which women shaped their sense of self but it was also a potent marker that they used to define their relationship to the broader society around them.

Keywords: Grace Bible church; His People church; marriage; Pentecostal Charismatic Christian (PCC); sexual fidelity; singleness



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