A "religious revolution"? Print media, sexuality, and religious discourse in Uganda

Barbara Bompani, S. Terreni Brown

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Abstract / Description of output

Recently, Uganda has made international headlines for the controversial Anti-homosexuality Bill and for a set of tight measures that have limited the freedom of sexual minorities. This article argues that Uganda's growth of Pentecostal-charismatic churches (PCCs) is playing a major role in influencing and defining the Ugandan public sphere, including (but not limited to) the ways in which sex and sexuality are conceptualized by and within Uganda's print media. This article suggests that the socially conservative nature of PCCs is highly influential in shaping the way print media write about sex and sexuality. This is because Pentecostal-charismatic (PC) constituencies constitute a considerable numerical market that print media cannot ignore. Second, PCs actively work toward influencing and shaping public policies, politics, and public spaces, like newspapers, that discuss and address public morality and decency in the country. As this article will show, within a highly “Pentecostalized” public sphere, alternative public discourses on sexuality are not allowed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-126
JournalJournal of Eastern African Studies
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Christianity
  • Pentecostalism
  • print media
  • Uganda
  • sexuality


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