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dc.contributorUniversity of Helsinki, Department of Political and Economic Studies
dc.contributor.authorAlava, Henni Leena
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-23T15:34:42Z
dc.date.available2019-09-23T15:34:42Z
dc.date.created2017-06-28 23:06
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifieroai:helda.helsinki.fi:10138/192772
dc.identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10138/192772
dc.identifier2168-1392
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12424/102182
dc.description.abstractChristian churches have played crucial but diverse roles in public debates over homosexuality in Africa. In contrast to the vocal and explicit homophobia witnessed in many Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches (PCCs), homosexuality has until recently been an overwhelmingly silenced issue in the Acholi region of Northern Uganda, and an almost complete non-issue in the local Catholic Church. This article suggests that while this silence in part relates to the temporal proximity of the Northern Ugandan war, the absence of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) activism in the region, and the hesitance of mainline churches to talk about sex, it is also embedded in what are considered to be customary Acholi understandings of sexuality. Offering an analysis of Acholi Catholic teaching on peace and the family, the article suggests that Catholicism has entrenched heteronormative patriarchy in Acholi society. However, as illustrated by the unpopularity of church weddings, the norms that govern sexuality are negotiated in the dynamic space between religion and what are contemporarily understood as ‘modern’ and ‘customary’ Acholi moral sensibilities. The article emphasizes the need for scholarship on religion and homosexuality to extend beyond PCCs and capital cities, and beyond the most explicit forms of public homophobia in Africa.
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dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis
dc.relation.ispartofCritical African Studies
dc.sourceAlava , H L 2017 , ' Homosexuality, the holy family and a failed mass wedding in Catholic Northern Uganda = L'homosexualité, la Sainte Famille et une cérémonie de mariage catholique échouée au nord de l'Ouganda ' Critical African Studies , vol 9 , no. 1 , pp. 32-51 . DOI: 10.1080/21681392.2016.1245104
dc.subject614 Theology
dc.subjectCatholic theology
dc.subjectTheology of the family
dc.subjectTheology of peace
dc.subject5143 Social anthropology
dc.subjectEthnography
dc.subjectNorthern Uganda
dc.subjectAcholi
dc.subjectAfrican studies
dc.subject5203 Development Studies
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectSexuality and society
dc.subjecthomosexuality
dc.subjectLGBTQI
dc.subject614 Theology
dc.subjectCatholic theology
dc.subjectTheology of the family
dc.subjectTheology of peace
dc.subject5143 Social anthropology
dc.subjectEthnography
dc.subjectNorthern Uganda
dc.subjectAcholi
dc.subjectAfrican studies
dc.subject5203 Development Studies
dc.subjectGender
dc.subjectSexuality and society
dc.subjecthomosexuality
dc.subjectLGBTQI
dc.titleHomosexuality, the holy family and a failed mass wedding in Catholic Northern Uganda = L'homosexualité, la Sainte Famille et une cérémonie de mariage catholique échouée au nord de l'Ouganda
dc.typeA1 Refereed journal article
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