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Title:Men in the remaking: conversion narratives and born-again masculinity in Zambia
Author:Klinken, Adriaan S. vanISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Volume:42
Issue:3
Pages:215-239
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:Pentecostalism
masculinity
identity
religious conversion
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12341229
Abstract:The born-again discourse is a central characteristic of Pentecostal Christianity in Africa. In the study of African Christianities, this discourse and the way it (re)shapes people's moral, religious, and social identities has received much attention. However, hardly any attention has been paid to its effects on men as gendered beings. In the study of men and masculinities in Africa, on the other hand, neither religion in general nor born-again Christianity in particular are taken into account as relevant factors in the construction of masculinities. On the basis of a detailed analysis of interviews with men who are members of a Pentecostal church in Lusaka, Zambia, this article investigates how men's gender identities are reshaped by becoming and being born-again and how born-again conversion produces new forms of masculinity. The observed Pentecostal transformation of masculinity is interpreted in relation to men's social vulnerability, particularly in the context of the HIV epidemic in Zambia. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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