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CULTURAL OPPRESSION AND THE LIBERATION OF YOUTH IN SOME NOVELS OF T. N. MAUMELA

M J Mafela

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 4, pages 299-310
Published in print December 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.4.299
CULTURAL OPPRESSION AND THE LIBERATION OF YOUTH IN SOME NOVELS OF T. N. MAUMELA

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The relationship between parents and children in the African Society was guided by the African traditional culture which is rooted in their religion. The African religion preaches the protection of morals and values, and the maintenance of discipline. Parents did not respect their children's individual rights. They did not recognise that the youth can also think constructively in matters concerning social, religious and political problems. The youth challenges this type of relationship. They view the traditional culture as oppressive. This article investigates the cultural oppression and its effect on parents and children in some novels of T N Maumela. The investigation reveals that the youth's struggle against cultural oppression has a bearing on the politics of South Africa.

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