’Shameless Maidens’: Women’s Agency and the Mission in Akuapem

Dankwa, Serena Owusua (2005). ’Shameless Maidens’: Women’s Agency and the Mission in Akuapem. Agenda: Empowering women for gender equity, 19(63), pp. 104-116. Agenda Feminist Media Project

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This article seeks to retrieve the voices of young women in the small kingdom of Akuapem (in south-eastern Ghana) in the 19th and early 20th century. This is approached through an exploration of reports written by Theophilus Opoku, ‘Native Pastor’ to the Basel Mission. His writings are archived and accessible to the public in Basel, Switzerland. Opoku's concerns with marriage and adultery, motherhood and fornication give valuable insights into the ways in which women exercised agency. They also illuminate how understandings of the mission and its gender ideology were informed by pre-existing moral concepts of Akuapem society.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Dankwa, Serena Owusua

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

1013-0950

Publisher:

Agenda Feminist Media Project

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

Date Deposited:

11 May 2020 15:16

Last Modified:

11 May 2020 15:16

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Ghana, Christian, mission, sin, women's agency

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.142523

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/142523

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