The social construction of sub-Saharan women's status through African proverbs

Lewis Asimeng-Boahene

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The continent of Africa, especially the sub-Saharan Africa, is known for its rich oral traditions and practices. Proverbs are the most widely used in this genre of oral arts and practices, and thus their influence is so strong to the point that even the concept of social construction of women is so persistently carved from it. This paper examines how proverbs serve as storylines between the ways proverbs represent the roles, statuses, and identity of women in traditional sub-Saharan Africa. The paper focuses on the social construction and patriarchy as conceptsand uses critical discourse asa theoretical framework explaining the status of women. The study also employed qualitative and the interpretive methods, which underscores the importance of the narratives on the lived experiences of the respondents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-131
Number of pages9
JournalMediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance
  • General Social Sciences


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