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Probing the experiences of women within the practice of "Gonyalelwa lapa' among BaSotho ba Lebowa' Ga-Masemola Area Sekhukhune District, Makhudumathaga Municipality, Limpopo Province South Africa

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dc.contributor.advisor Maqubela, L. N.
dc.contributor.advisor Ramaite-Mafadza, P. E. A.
dc.contributor.advisor Lekganyane, G.
dc.contributor.author Kabekwa, Mmoledi
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-30T05:36:23Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-30T05:36:23Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/919
dc.description MGS
dc.description Institute for Gender and Youth Studies
dc.description.abstract ‘Gonyalelwa lapa’ is a form of a marriage whereby a family marries a woman to a deceased son who passed on without having biological children, for the purpose of restoring or reviving the deceased’s name. The woman is married with her existing children, or to bear children who will take the surname of the deceased man. Women find it difficult to leave such marriages for the fear of losing their children whom they signed off by accepting to be married under this type of marriage. This study employs the feminist standpoint methodological approach in order to explore experiences of women who are married for ‘lapa’. The study purposefully selected a sample of 8 women who are married under ‘Gonyalelwa lapa’ as well as 4 key informants. Findings demonstrate that women marry for ‘lapa’ mainly for economic reasons, to escape stigmatization, for the acquisition of the marital surname, which is tied to being acknowledged, respected and recognized by the community. Nevertheless, these women face multidimensional challenges within their in-laws’ households: they receive no support from the inlaws; their girl-children suffer discrimination based on ‘sex-preference’, boys are given more value on the basis that a boy will be able to perpetuate a deceased man’s name. Most women married under this type of marriage suffer from emotional and economic abuse at the hands of their in-laws. The study reveals that these challenges are attributed to lack of physical presence of the husband in the family. The study recommends that a large scale study be conducted on this or related topic, to build knowledge and create an awareness of such a marriage as to facilitate its inclusion in Customary Marriage Act. en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (ix, 80 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Marriage practice en_US
dc.subject Modernizatiion en_US
dc.subject Standpoint theory en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject Patriarchy en_US
dc.subject Convergence theory en_US
dc.subject Persistence theory en_US
dc.title Probing the experiences of women within the practice of "Gonyalelwa lapa' among BaSotho ba Lebowa' Ga-Masemola Area Sekhukhune District, Makhudumathaga Municipality, Limpopo Province South Africa en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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