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Trying for better circumstances (Zama Zama): Exploring ubuntu amongst marginalised women in an informal settlement

Retha Kruidenier
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 2 | a1433 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i2.1433 | © 2015 Retha Kruidenier | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 February 2015 | Published: 18 June 2015

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Retha Kruidenier, Department of Practical Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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This article explores possible experiences of ubuntu in the Zama Zama informal settlement. Postfoundational practical theology and the narrative approach function as paradigm and methodology. Themes and/or discourses like poverty, violence, xenophobia and the role of the local church were identified, but ubuntu is not always visible as a lived reality amongst the members of the community. The church is an exception. Women play a leading role in the congregation and it is in the church where ubuntu values are visible and experienced.


ubuntu, women, narrative research, postfoundational practical theology


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