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Storying widowhood in Shona culture

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dc.contributor.advisor Kotze, D.J. (Prof) en
dc.contributor.advisor Theron, J.P.J. (Prof.) en Shumbamhini, Mercy en 2009-08-25T10:49:54Z 2009-08-25T10:49:54Z 2009-08-25T10:49:54Z 2005-06-30 en
dc.description.abstract A group of four widows undertook this research journey with me. They reflected on their widowhood experiences. Narrative and participatory practices guided our conversations. Participatory, contextual, postmodern, liberational feminist theology, poststructuralism and the social construction theory of reality informed this work. Reflective and summarising letters after each group meeting played a central part in the research. The letters were structured to make visible the "taken-for-granted" which informed the widows about who and what they are. The alternative stories of preferred widowhood practices that emerged during and between sessions were centralised in the letters. Elements of transformation, hope and empowerment surfaced as counter stories to the culture of oppression, providing the scaffolding for re-storying their lives. The group formed Chiedza Widows Association in order to support other widows who are still marginalised. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Widowhood en
dc.subject Shona culture en
dc.subject Participatory approach to theology en
dc.subject Deconstructing cultural practices en
dc.subject Participatory action research en
dc.subject Inheritance en
dc.subject Pastoral care en
dc.subject Community of care en
dc.subject Widows' ritual en
dc.subject Narrative pastoral practices en
dc.subject.lcsh Shona (African people) -- Zimbabwe -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Shona (African people) -- Zimbabwe -- Religion
dc.subject.lcsh Church work with widows -- Zimbabwe
dc.subject.lcsh Widowhood -- Zimbabwe -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Widows -- Pastoral counseling of
dc.subject.lcsh Grief -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.title Storying widowhood in Shona culture en
dc.type Thesis en en
dc.description.department Practical Theology en (M.Th - Specialisation Pastoral Therapy)) en

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