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Marriage And The Making Of The Nuclear Family

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This chapter focuses specifically on the issues of marriage, motherhood and the nuclear family which were all central to the teaching of both Grace Bible church and His People church. 'The family' in all its different forms is socially constructed, and economic, religious and cultural factors influence the ideological and practical legitimation of these constructs. In drawing the various threads of this argument together the chapter suggests that the re-construction of the family is part of the more general theme of this book, namely, the re-shaping of identity in the changing South Africa. The message of His People and Grace Bible church was that men needed to take responsibility for their financial success, their own salvation, their families and move out of stereotypes that excused irresponsible male behaviour on the grounds of apartheid history or in order to gain social acceptability.

Keywords: Grace Bible church; His People church; marriage; nuclear family; South Africa



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