Hillsong’s Colour Sisterhood and Feminism within the Context of South Africa: A Critical Analysis
Thesis (MA)--Stellenbosch University, 2019.
ENGLISH ABSTRACT: This thesis is a critical analysis of Hillsong’s Colour Sisterhood movement and Colour Conference event in Cape Town during 2017. Following Shireen Hassim’s argument for the recognition of non-political women’s movements and organisations as forming part of the broader feminist movement in South Africa, I question whether the Colour Sisterhood can be seen as a site for the creation of nomadic feminist subjectivities, especially within the local context of South Africa. I explore the visual, narrative, spatial and performative as constituents of Hillsong’s Colour Sisterhood movement across its various platforms, including online and social media, literature and the Colour Conference Cape Town 2017. I situate visual and narrative analysis within a sociological framework and I argue that the Colour Sisterhood movement fails to pursue the feminist notions of ‘women’s empowerment’ and ‘diversity’ it so often articulates in its discourse.
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