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Women’s security through heterosexual marriage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: an African woman’s reading of the book of Ruth

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dc.contributor.advisor Masenya, M. J.
dc.contributor.author Kondemo, Marthe Maleke
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-23T05:17:02Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-23T05:17:02Z
dc.date.issued 2011-01
dc.identifier.citation Kondemo, Marthe Maleke (2011) Women’s security through heterosexual marriage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: an African woman’s reading of the book of Ruth, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4827> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4827
dc.description.abstract In Congolese society, heterosexual marriage is a highly regarded institution that is viewed as contributing significantly to the true identities of women. In this study, I use Masenya’s terminologies, “idolization of marriage” and “marriage at all costs”, as springboards to re-read the story of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible in light of the experiences of Congolese women who tend to regard marriage as a norm. I have analysed and critiqued patriarchy as it has shaped the lives of biblical women (cf the Ruth character in the Hebrew Bible) as well as it continues to shape the lives of many Congolese women. Although in some sense, the Ruth character can be emulated in terms of her sense of independence, in terms of her commitment to seeking marriage at all costs though, Ruth, cannot be a helpful model to the lives of many poor Anamongo women who today trapped in poverty, continue to regard heterosexual marriage as the norm in their search for survival, security, and value. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 151 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Anamongo en
dc.subject Democratic Republic of Congo en
dc.subject Heterosexual en
dc.subject Idolization of marriage en
dc.subject Marriage at all costs en
dc.subject Marriage en
dc.subject Patriarchy en
dc.subject Poverty en
dc.subject Ruth en
dc.subject Security en
dc.subject Survival en
dc.subject Women en
dc.subject.ddc 248.5096751
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Social conditions
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- Attitudes
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Biblical teaching
dc.subject.lcsh Mongo (African people) -- Religion
dc.subject.lcsh Mongo (African people) -- Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Male domination (Social structure) -- Congo (Democratic Republic)
dc.subject.lcsh Bible. O.T. Ruth -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Ruth (Biblical figure) -- Influence
dc.title Women’s security through heterosexual marriage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: an African woman’s reading of the book of Ruth en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies
dc.description.degree M. Th. (Old Testament)


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