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Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho

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dc.contributor.advisor Kotzé, D. J. (Dr.)
dc.contributor.advisor Phillips, A. P. (Prof.)
dc.contributor.author Phohlo, Tlali Abel
dc.date.accessioned 2011-10-03T12:02:53Z
dc.date.available 2011-10-03T12:02:53Z
dc.date.issued 2011-02
dc.identifier.citation Phohlo, Tlali Abel (2011) Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880> en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880
dc.description.abstract This study explores the operations of Sesotho masculinity: its dominant ideas and practices and their effects on Basotho women and men and this latter‟s resistance to a gender-ethical consciousness gaining momentum in Lesotho. It challenges a deep running belief among the Basotho that being born male necessarily means being born into a superior social position and status that is naturally and divinely sanctioned. It investigates how the dominant postcolonial discourse called sekoele (a return to the traditions of the ancestors) and the Christian churches‟ discourses of the “true”/“authentic” Christian life, framed by the classical biblical and confessional dogmatic traditions, actually support and sustain this belief and so reinforce the imbalance of power in favour of men in the order of gender relations in Lesotho. On the contrary, through the principles of the contextual theologies of liberating praxis, social construction theory, a narrative approach to therapy, gender-ethical consciousness and participatory approach, the study argues that masculinity and ways of being and thinking about men are socially constructed through historical and cultural processes and practices. It is in these processes and practices that Basotho men have been and continue to be advantaged and privileged over women. This study has challenged this situation by tracing the existence of alternative, more ethical ways of being and thinking about men in those historical and cultural processes and practices; ways which are more open to women and children and their wellbeing in the everyday life interactions. In this way, the study argues for a gender-ethical consciousness, which, in particular, invites Basotho men to engage in a reflection on their participation in a culture and practices which oppress the other, especially women and children. It invites Basotho men to accountability and responsibility. In this sense a gender-ethical consciousness is understood as watershed of masculinity in Lesotho. The participation of a group of Basotho men who offered to reflect on their relationship with the dominant masculinities, demonstrates how Basotho men are struggling to transform yet they fill us with the hope that change is possible. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiii, 308 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject History en
dc.subject Sesotho masculinity en
dc.subject Sekoele en
dc.subject Bosotho/Sesotho en
dc.subject The Christian life discourses in Lesotho en
dc.subject Contextual theologies en
dc.subject Social constructionism en
dc.subject Narrative approach to therapy en
dc.subject Gender-ethical consciousness en
dc.subject The Reflecting Team en
dc.subject Pastoral Care of Men en
dc.subject.ddc 259.2508106885
dc.subject.lcsh Narrative therapy--Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Male domination (Social structure)--Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Man-woman relationships--Lesotho
dc.subject.lcsh Men--Lesotho--Identity
dc.subject.lcsh Masculinity--Religious aspects--Christianity
dc.subject.lcsh Men--Religious life
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho (African people)--Lesotho--Social life and customs
dc.subject.lcsh Sotho (African people)--Religion
dc.subject.lcsh Philosophy, Sotho
dc.subject.lcsh Sekoele
dc.title Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Humanities Social Sciences and Theology
dc.description.degree D. Th. (Practical Theology with specialisation in Pastoral Therapy)


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