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"Women ... mourn and men carry on": African women storying mourning practices: A South African example

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dc.contributor.author Kotzé, Elmarie
dc.contributor.author Els, Lishje
dc.contributor.author Rajuili-Masilo, Ntsiki
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-02T03:03:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-02T03:03:53Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-09
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Kotzé, E., Els, L., & Rajuili-Masilo, N. (2012). "Women ... mourn and men carry on": African women storying mourning practices: A South African example. Death Studies, 36(8), 742-766. en_NZ
dc.identifier.issn 0748-1187
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10289/6671
dc.description.abstract African mourning of loss of lives in South Africa has been shaped by discursive practices of both traditional African cultures and the sociopolitical developments under apartheid and in post-apartheid South Africa. This article reports on changes in mourning practices on the basis of a literature review and uses a collection of examples to highlight the navigation of some cultural and gendered issues relating to mourning, against the backdrop of the everyday experiences of loss of life in South Africa due to violence and HIV/AIDS. The article draws on African womanist and feminist scholarship and focuses on the intersections between cultural and gender practices of bereavement in the lives of professional urban African women. The authors argue for the use of positioning theory and witnessing practices to honor and story the ongoing struggle of African women as these women take different agentic positions by accepting, questioning, resisting, and/or changing cultural mourning practices while they compassionately witness the self and others in the narratives they live. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartof Death Studies
dc.subject Death en_NZ
dc.subject AIDS en_NZ
dc.subject discourse en_NZ
dc.subject womanism en_NZ
dc.title "Women ... mourn and men carry on": African women storying mourning practices: A South African example en_NZ
dc.type Journal Article en_NZ
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/07481187.2011.604463 en_NZ


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