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Proverbs and Patriarchy: Analysis of Linguistic Prejudice and Representation of Women in Traditional Akan Communities of Ghana

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Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina, Regina, SK S4S 0A2, Canada
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Methodist University College, Accra, Ghana
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Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2, Canada
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Soc. Sci. 2020, 9(3), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci9030022
Received: 10 January 2020 / Revised: 20 February 2020 / Accepted: 21 February 2020 / Published: 25 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Gender Studies)
Discourses govern the phenomenological interpretation of our everyday existence and influence both our way of thinking and our relationship with one another in the world. Undoubtedly, popular sayings and proverbs mediate the way of being in African context. This paper examines the role of proverbs and wise sayings in the African culture. This paper attempts to analyze the representation of women in sampled Akan proverbs and the ways in which these proverbs institutionalize the position, identity, and roles of women in traditional Akan communities of Ghana. This paper suggests that oral traditions are used in the systematic perpetuation of patriarchal culture, gender inequities, and inequality. Therefore, it recommends the revolutionalization of oral traditions to assist in the deinstitutionalization of the prevailing patriarchal discourses and culture in traditional Akan communities of Ghana. View Full-Text
Keywords: proverbs; gender inequality; oral traditions; patriarchy proverbs; gender inequality; oral traditions; patriarchy
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Gyan, C.; Abbey, E.; Baffoe, M. Proverbs and Patriarchy: Analysis of Linguistic Prejudice and Representation of Women in Traditional Akan Communities of Ghana. Soc. Sci. 2020, 9, 22.

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