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Title:Special edition: Engaging difference: perspectives on belonging and exclusion in contemporary Southern and East Africa
Editors:Becker, Heike
Dubbeld, BernardISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-0144)
Volume:33
Issue:3-4
Pages:75-132
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Kenya
Namibia
Subjects:identity
racism
gender inequality
festivals
greeting
About person:Barack Husein Obama (1961-)ISNI
Abstract:This special issue of 'Anthropology Southern Africa' discusses questions of how to engage with the concepts and practices of difference and belonging in contemporary South African anthropology. The articles examine a range of interconnected challenges presented by the politics of 'difference' in contemporary southern and East Africa. Bernard Dubbeld in his essay, Dissecting sameness: South Africa and the politics of nonracialism, argues that instead of silencing 'race' and racial difference, we need to look at the epistemologies that animate the continued existence of racial differences. E.A. Boonzaaier draws on anthropological literature on witchcraft to shed light on racist accusations in contemporary South Africa. Elaine Salo Takes on arguments about the contextual nature of human rights issues, particularly gender rights, which she discusses against the background of contemporary African philosophy. Michael Akuupa writes about discourses of difference in Namibia, focusing on the Kavango, where contestations about who 'belongs' to the region are playing themselves out at the State-sponsored annual cultural festivals. Steve Ouma Akoth examines the contestations in Kenya around the 'ownership' of the country's (step)son, Barack Obama. The final contribution, by Lennox Olivier, investigates greeting rituals among Ras Tafari in Stellenbosch which, he argues, are employed in interactive processes of ideological interpellation. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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