Search this journal:     Advanced search
Original Research

Oppressive and liberative: A Zimbabwean woman's reflections on ubuntu

Molly Manyonganise

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 36, No 2 (2015), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ve.v36i2.1438

Submitted: 23 February 2015
Published:  18 June 2015

Abstract

Ubuntu as an African ethic has been embraced in Africa as one that defines an individual’s African-ness. Its influence has gone beyond the African borders with other continents pondering how it can be embraced in their contexts. Scholars from Africa and beyond have eulogised the indispensability of ubuntu. However, it is a fact that most academic writings on the concept by various scholars have neglected to look at ubuntu and how it intersects with gender – especially with a particular focus on its ambivalence in the lives of women in Africa. This article, therefore, seeks to make a critical reflection on the ambivalence of the concept focussing mainly on the cultural traditions of the Shona of Zimbabwe from the perspective of a womanist.


Full Text:  |  HTML  |  EPUB  |  XML  |  PDF (234KB)

Author affiliations

Molly Manyonganise, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Zimbabwe Open University, Zimbabwe

Metrics

Total abstract views: 615
Total article views: 2318

Cited-By

No related citations found

Comments on this article

Before posting your comment, please read our policy.
Post a Comment (Login required)


ISSN: 1609-9982 (print) | ISSN: 2074-7705 (online)

Connect on: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and YouTube

Subscribe to our newsletter

All articles published in this journal are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, unless otherwise stated.

Website design & content: ©2016 AOSIS (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved. No unauthorised duplication allowed.

AOSIS Publishing | Empowering Africa through access to knowledge
Postnet Suite #110, Private Bag X19, Durbanville, South Africa, 7551
Tel: 086 1000 381 
Tel: +27 21 975 2602 
Fax: 086 5004 974

publishing(AT)aosis.co.za replace (AT) with @

Please read the privacy statement.