The portrayal of gender relations in kanga writings

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study examines the portrayal of gender relations in Kanga Writings. Specifically, the study focuses on identifying the images, names and roles assigned to both men and women through kanga writings in order to depict the relations between men and women as they are portrayed. The study employs Gender Theory to analyse how kanga writings represent gender relations as vital social connections that men and women have in society. Gender in this study is defined as a useful conversion of the body exploring the relations between the body and community as a matter of actual practices in which bodies, at the same time as societal relations, are mainly transformed. The use of sex to refer to gender is recognized in this study as something which correlates with socially constructed ideologies that marginalize women. As such, it is held that there is need to create a common ground that is friendly to both men and women. The reveals that kanga writings, despite the fact that they are considered feminine, address several issues (including men's issues) concerned with social milieus. This study employed a qualitative research design and involved the use of purposive sampling. This study used 82 collected kanga writings as its primary data for textual analysis whereby critical analysis was done to identify and examine images, names, and roles assigned to both sexes as portrayed in kanga writings. Also 8 interview questions were involved to collect data from Kanga designers from Urafiki and NIDA textile industries .Actually, many kanga writings address things which are closely related to marital and love affairs whereby they portray mothers and wives as the hubs that propel families in the community. Moreover, the prime observation of the study is that the society is the founding system upon which all formulations of the messages/images implied by kanga writings are based since it defines how men and women should position themselves as per what is considered appropriate. Thus, the way issues are portrayed in kanga writings mainly spring from societal perceptions (significantly men's perceptions) that underlie the way individuals interpret things in the community.
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Portrayal, People with disabilities writting of, Kanga writting, Gender relations
Mporoto, E ( 2019 ) The portrayal of gender relations in kanga writings, Masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam