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Title:Aetiology as social comment on life amongst Tswana-speaking urbanites
Author:Booyens, J.H.
Year:1985
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:44
Issue:2
Pages:137-157
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Tswana
urban population
diseases
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020188508707640
Abstract:As opposed to the emphasis usually placed on 'personalistic' causes of illness and misfortune in the literature on African concepts of illness, this paper examines the importance of 'natural' illness, as expressed by Tswana-speaking informants in a black township in the Western Transvaal. This refers to illness not deemed to have been 'sent' by ancestral spirits or by witch-sorcerers. Contents: Methodology - The setting - Aetiology as cultural category: a synopsis - Categories of illness causation amongst Tswana-speaking urbanites - An assessment of the importance of 'natural' illness - Some aetiological concepts on specific illnesses - Contextual comment - Conclusions. Ref.
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