Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database
Line
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Knowledge of life: health, strength and labour in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Author:Cousins, Thomas
Year:2014
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 2332-3264)
Volume:37
Pages:30-41
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:KwaZulu
Natal
wood industry
workers
diet
traditional medicine
living conditions
AIDS
Abstract:The article examines the production of new modes of calculation, calibration and measurement of bodies at work in the timber plantations of northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - modes that echo older, diverse technologies of self and health while producing new ways of talking about the body and its social context. The author describes two sets of substances that augment wellbeing for those who work the plantations, one in the form of a nutrition intervention and the other a class of popular curatives that operate in the registers of traditional medicine, vitamin supplement, and herbal tonic. He tracks the concepts and techniques of measurement, calibration and intervention in this locale in order to understand how they employ and generate ideas about culture, history, and wellbeing to produce new populations available for labour - as timber plantation labourers and as compliant HIV surveillance subjects. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
Views

Cover