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Title:Ugandan born-again Christians and the moral politics of gender equality
Author:Boyd, Lydia
Periodical:Journal of Religion in Africa (ISSN 0022-4200)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:gender inequality
gender relations
External link:https://doi.org/10.1163/15700666-12340025
Abstract:In recent years Ugandan born-again Christians have regularly engaged in forms of social protest-against homosexuality, in support of youth sexual abstinence-that they characterize as acts in defense of the African family. At the center of these protests was an overriding concern with the effects of a global discourse of rights-based gender equality on Ugandan cultural norms. Drawing on long-term fieldwork in a born-again church in Kampala, this article examines the underlying moral conflict that shapes born-again women's and men's rejections of gender equality. At the center of such conflicts were concerns about the ways rights-based equality undermined other models for moral personhood and gendered interdependence that existed in Uganda, models that were characterized as essential for social stability and personal well-being. This conflict is analyzed in relation to a broader sense of moral insecurity that pervaded discussion of gender and family life in Kampala. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]