AIDS, Politics, and Music in South Africa (The International - download pdf or read online

By Fraser G. McNeill

ISBN-10: 110700991X

ISBN-13: 9781107009912

ISBN-10: 1107616514

ISBN-13: 9781107616516

This e-book deals an unique anthropological method of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. in accordance with a greater than fifteen years organization with the zone, it demonstrates why AIDS interventions within the former native land of Venda have failed - and doubtless even been counterproductive. It does so via a chain of ethnographic encounters, from kings to condoms, which reveal the ways that biomedical realizing of the virus were rejected by means of - and integrated into - neighborhood understandings of future health, affliction, intercourse, and dying. in the course of the songs of lady initiation, AIDS schooling, and wandering minstrels, the e-book argues that song is imperative to knowing how AIDS interventions function. This ebook elucidates a hidden global of that means within which humans sing approximately what they can't discuss, the place educators are blamed for spreading the virus, and during which condoms are frequently proposal to reason AIDS. The coverage implications are transparent: African worldviews has to be taken heavily if AIDS interventions in Africa are to turn into winning.

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Opportunities for employment are scarce, with both personal and household incomes suffering as a result. School leavers generally aspire to work ‘in town’ (doroboni), with destinations such as Polokwane, Pretoria, or Johannesburg in mind, while some even seek work abroad (seli ha lwange [‘across the sea’]). This small minority, mostly children of wealthy families, have achieved employment in Europe (mostly the United Kingdom) and North America, where they accumulate savings in foreign currencies before their visas expire and they are forced to return.

6 See, for example, Coplan (1994), Erlmann (1991; 1996), James (1999), and Muller (1999). Introduction 7 Their songs represent a creative rearrangement of existing repertoires. As young women, however, the composers/performers of these songs have limited options. Again this points to their position in a gendered stratification of social status. Their alternatives include malende (beer drinking/celebratory songs), certain public aspects of female initiation (from the three consecutive stages of musivheto, vhusha, and domba), tshigombela (a widely performed but exclusively female genre with a particular form and technique), missionary and Zionist/Pentecostal-style church music, and a variety of non-gender-specific popular music such as songs of the struggle or singles from local and national charts.

Introduction 7 Their songs represent a creative rearrangement of existing repertoires. As young women, however, the composers/performers of these songs have limited options. Again this points to their position in a gendered stratification of social status. Their alternatives include malende (beer drinking/celebratory songs), certain public aspects of female initiation (from the three consecutive stages of musivheto, vhusha, and domba), tshigombela (a widely performed but exclusively female genre with a particular form and technique), missionary and Zionist/Pentecostal-style church music, and a variety of non-gender-specific popular music such as songs of the struggle or singles from local and national charts.

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