Erlmann, Veit. 'the past is far and the future is far': power and performance among Zulu migrant workers

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: 'the past is far and the future is far': power and performance among Zulu migrant workers

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American ethnologist -- Vol. 19, no. 4

Published By: Original publisher American ethnologist -- Vol. 19, no. 4 [Washington]: American Ethnological Society. 1992. 688-709 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Veit Erlmann

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Zulu (FX20)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Internal migration (166); Urban and rural life (369); Music (533); Dance (535); Names of animals and things (552);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document The study of ISICATHAMIYA, a tradition of competitive song and dance among Zulu migrant workers in South Africa, shows that performance is not necessarily a coherent expressive system with an underlying unitary organizing principle. The rich symbolic overlay in this tradition constitutes a performative, empowering strategy. It mediates migrant workers' ambiguous experience of alienation and powerlessness by framing social interaction in spheres of virtual time, constructing protective spaces, and metaphorically remodeling a social order beyond the given and now. This article focuses on the temporal organization of ISICATHAMIY, the internal organization of performance groups, the complex symbolic representation 'home' in choir names, the construction of hierarchical social relationships and gender inequity in performance roles, the ritualization of regional opposition in competition, and the aesthetic expression of conflict in panegyrical song texts and sound patterns (p. 688).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 63

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fx20-063

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 706-709)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 2004

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). ca. 1930s-1990s

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Glebe Hostel, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Zulu (African people)


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