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Gender, Race, Power and Religion: Women in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in Post-Apartheid Society (Studien zur Interkulturellen Geschichte . in the Intercultural History of Christianity)

Theilen, Uta

Published by Peter Lang International Academic Publishers
ISBN 10: 363152840X / ISBN 13: 9783631528402
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Title: Gender, Race, Power and Religion: Women in ...

Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishers

Binding: Soft cover

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Series: Studien zur Interkulturellen Geschichte des Christentums/Etudes d'Histoire Interculturelle de Christianisme/Studies in the Intercultural History of Christianity. Num Pages: 304 pages, num fig. and tables. BIC Classification: 1HFMS; HRCC95; JFSJ1. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 150 x 209 x 16. Weight in Grams: 410. . 2004. 0th Edition. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9783631528402

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Synopsis: This book addresses the evolving structure of the three traditional women?s organisations of the Methodist Church in post-apartheid South Africa, and the experiences of women in leadership roles within the church. These organisations are still more or less divided along racial lines. The aim of the fieldwork - carried out from 1995 to 1997 and in 2000 - was to find out if these racial boundaries would begin to dissolve and if women would find more empowerment in their congregations after the democratisation of the country. Further topics are the renaissance of African traditions and religious practices that came about with the end of apartheid. The methodology follows an ethnographic approach that relies heavily on interviews and participant observation, with the analysis bringing South African women?s voices to bear on these issues, rather than providing an external and analytical analysis of the issues.

About the Author: The Author: Uta Theilen studied Protestant Theology and Comparative Religion at the Universities of Heidelberg, Marburg, Durban and Cape Town. Early in her life she discovered fieldwork as an excellent method to encounter people of different social systems and cultures. Accordingly, she has engaged in fieldwork projects in Germany, India, South Africa and the USA. Today she lives in northern Germany and works as a freelance journalist and writer. She gained a Ph.D. in Religious Studies at the University of Marburg in 2003.

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