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Title:Prevalence of use of indigenous social networks among women and girl children in a rural community in KwaZulu-Natal
Authors:Jiyane, VeliISNI
Ngulube, PatrickISNI
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
social networks
External link:http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/linga/linga_v13_n1_a10.pdf
Abstract:Women and girl children regard indigenous social networks as important in their lives as they facilitate speedy awareness and announcements of urgent issues and sharing and transfer of information, knowledge and skills. This article is informed by feminist theory and investigates the use of indigenous social networks among women and girl children in the Mfekayi community, KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa). Face-to-face interviews and observations were used to collect qualitative data from a purposive sample of 63 participants. The findings indicate that although modern social networks are extensively used for information and knowledge sharing and transfer, indigenous social networks remain rooted and highly regarded in some indigenous communities such as Mfekayi, especially among women and girls. However, it is also noted that modern social networks are making aggressive inroads forcing the indigenous social networks to take a back seat. It is recommended that indigenous social networks are promoted among women and girls as they revive the spirit of communalism and togetherness, transfer information, knowledge and skills, sharpen the minds, and support physical training and fitness, as opposed to modern social networks which promote individualism and isolation. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]