CULTURE AND THE AFRICAN WOMAN: A DISCOURSE

BY

ESIRI MAY OMOGHO
Lecturer Department of Sociology/Psychology
Delta State University,
Abraka

SUMMARY

The difference between women and men lie in culture. They are socially constructed and not biological determined. The social construction of the African women is the outcome of cultural learning through the process of socialization. Socialization is a life time process though childhood socialization is most significant. Basically, the process occurs through the family, the school, the church and the mass media, known as the agents of socialization. The African culture is entrenched in patriarchy and as a result the African woman is less valued than the African man. The man wields authority over the women and this authority may be experienced as oppressive. The African woman only becomes relevant from the point of view of the African man. These differences between the woman and the man are reinforced through cultural practices such as socio-political, religious, economic and legal institutions from generation to generation.

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Posted in VOLUME 14 N0. (1) APRIL 2012.

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