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Learning Marriage Ideals and Gendered Citizenship in “God-Fearing” Uganda (2022)

Alava, H., Amito, J., & Lawrence, R. (2022). Learning Marriage Ideals and Gendered Citizenship in “God-Fearing” Uganda. In K. Holma, & T. Kontinen (Eds.), Learning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship (pp. 177-196). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-94882-5_10

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All authors or editorsAlava, Henni; Amito, Janet; Lawrence, Rom

Parent publicationLearning, Philosophy, and African Citizenship

Parent publication editorsHolma, Katariina; Kontinen, Tiina



Publication year2022

Pages range177-196

Number of pages in the book221

PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

Place of PublicationCham

Publication countrySwitzerland

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/80935


This chapter contributes to understanding the space between religion, gender and citizenship through a focus on teaching and learning about marriage in Ugandan churches. While pastors focused marriage teaching on the primacy of a church wedding, sexual purity and harmony through hierarchy, church-going women saw cohesion, spirituality and physical survival as cornerstones of an ideal relationship. By juxtaposing how women saw themselves as having learned these ideals, and how pastors saw themselves as teaching theirs, we illustrate that teaching and learning about gender, relationships and citizenship—and the character-moulding concomitant within these processes—occurs more in everyday lives than in places formally set out for the purpose. To achieve contextualized understanding of citizenship in religious contexts, it is important to pay attention to both religious teaching and practice and to develop methodological tools that identify how men and women actually learn about their worth, rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Keywordscitizenshipreligion and religionsconceptionsreligious perceptionsgendergender rolesmarriageteaching and instructionidealsrightsresponsibilities (duties)contextuality

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Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating3

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