Webster, David. Abafazi Bathonga Bafihlakala: ethnicity and gender in a KwaZulu border community

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Title: Abafazi Bathonga Bafihlakala: ethnicity and gender in a KwaZulu border community

Published in: Tradition and transition in Southern Africa : festschrift for Philip and Iona Mayer, edited by Andrew D. Spiegel and Patrick A. McAllister

Published By: Tradition and transition in Southern Africa : festschrift for Philip and Iona Mayer, edited by Andrew D. Spiegel and Patrick A. McAllister Johannesburg, South Africa: Witwatersrand University Press, 1991. 243-271 p.

By line: David Webster

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Tsonga (FT06)

Subjects: Cultural identity and pride (186); Cultural participation (184); Inter-ethnic relations (629); Acculturation and culture contact (177); External relations (648); Sociocultural trends (178); Labor supply and employment (464); Gender status (562); Inter-community relations (628); Family relationships (593); Division of labor by gender (462); Social personality (156);

Abstract: This article is concerned with one ethnographic puzzle: why is it that among the Thonga of Southern Africa a vast majority of men actively spurn their ethnic heritage while a large number of their womenfolk actively embrace it. It argues that the answer to this question should be explored by looking at a complex mix of historical forces relating to political struggles, colonialism, the creation of an ethnic identity, the interplay of cultural dynamics and the politics of the personal, especially gender relations, within the communities themselves.

Document Number: 9

Document ID: ft06-009

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Field Date: 1986-1989

Evaluation: Anthropologist-5

Analyst: Teferi Abate Adem; 2010

Coverage Date: 1895-1989

Coverage Place: KwaZulu, South Africa

LCSH: Tsonga (African peoples)

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