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University of South Africa

1. Phohlo, Tlali Abel. Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho .

Degree: 2011, University of South Africa

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. Advisors/Committee Members: Kotzé, D. J. (Dr.) (advisor), Phillips, A. P. (Prof.) (advisor).

Subjects/Keywords: History; Sesotho masculinity; Sekoele; Bosotho/Sesotho; The Christian life discourses in Lesotho; Contextual theologies; Social constructionism; Narrative approach to therapy; Gender-ethical consciousness; The Reflecting Team; Pastoral Care of Men

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APA (6th Edition):

Phohlo, T. A. (2011). Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho . (Doctoral Dissertation). University of South Africa. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Phohlo, Tlali Abel. “Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho .” 2011. Doctoral Dissertation, University of South Africa. Accessed October 15, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Phohlo, Tlali Abel. “Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho .” 2011. Web. 15 Oct 2019.

Vancouver:

Phohlo TA. Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho . [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2011. [cited 2019 Oct 15]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880.

Council of Science Editors:

Phohlo TA. Gendered consciousness as watershed of masculinity: men’s journeys with manhood in Lesotho . [Doctoral Dissertation]. University of South Africa; 2011. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/10500/4880

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