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Title:Devotion and Domesticity: The Reconfiguration of Gender in Popular Christian Pamphlets from Ghana and Nigeria
Author:Newell, StephanieISNI
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa
Geographic terms:Ghana
Subjects:gender roles
Women's Issues
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Cultural Roles
mass media
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/27594341.pdf
Abstract:Drawing upon interviews with readers in Ghana and Nigeria, as well as a large number of locally published marriage guidance pamphlets, this article considers attitudes toward the printed word among Christian readers in West Africa. Gender is an especially significant category in West African 'how-to' books, particularly those produced by Pentecostal and evangelical authors. While the majority of male authors try to reinstate Pauline strictures on wifely submission in their writing, female authors make use of biblical quotation alongside romantic discourse in order to reconfigure both men's and women's marital roles. In so doing, they construct marital utopias which reveal a great deal about the contradictions and paradoxes of contemporary Christian gender ideologies in West Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]