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Title:Special edition: knowledge contests, South Africa, 2009
Editor:Green, LesleyISNI
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-0144)
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:anthropological research
indigenous knowledge
traditional medicine
natural resource management
Abstract:This special issue of Anthropology Southern Africa examines anthropological approaches to knowledge in southern Africa, with the central interest of asking how southern African anthropologists are currently making space for different visions of the world, and different ways of knowing it. Following the introduction by Lesley Green, Julie Laplante asks questions about whether the State-sponsored effort to validate traditional healing in South Africa is effectively inhospitable to the 'sangoma''s understanding of the integration of body, medicine and music. In relation to the use of healing plants in the Klein Karoo (Western Cape, South Africa), Joshua B. Cohen questions the proposition that healthfulness derived from plant medicine is primarily about the ingestion of molecules. Diana Gibson and Estelle Oosthuysen trace the use of particular plants and biomedicines in the treatment of tuberculosis in Ju'hoansi settlements in Namibia. J. Wreford examines the pragmatics of knowledge transfer, using as a case study an HIV/AIDS intervention with traditional health practitioners in South Africa. Marieke van Zyl explores disputes over knowledge in marine protection legislation in Kassiesbaai, Western Cape. Helen Macdonald offers a history of the subaltern studies movement: the effort of many South Asian scholars to initiate a scholarship of local knowledge. Using the fraught debate over archaeological remains from a burial ground in Cape Town, Martin Hall explores the ways in which nonformal knowledges might enter the university, and with what consequences. The issue also contains comments and a debate section. [ASC Leiden abstract]