This book analyses the violence of recent African wars from the perspectives of African people who experienced and witnessed it. Central to it are the words of (male) Somali poets, Zulu singers, impoverished Kenyan youth, and white South African war veterans, as well as men and women trying to refashion their lives and relationships in post-war Mozambique and Rwanda. Purposefully interdisciplinary, this volume brings together scholarly approaches ranging from cultural and medical anthropology, social/cultural history, and cultural and performance studies.
|Publisher:||Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.|
|Series:||Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies Series , #5|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Lidwien Kapteijns (Ph.D., University of Amsterdam) is Professor of History at Wellesley College. Her published work focuses on Sudanese and Somali history and includes Women's Voices in a Man's World: Women and the Pastoral Tradition in Northern Somali Orature (1999). Annemiek Richters, physician and medical anthropologist, is Professor of Culture, Health and Illness at Leiden University Medical Center and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, The Netherlands. Her publications focus on gender, violence and trauma, and on intercultural health care.
Table of Contents
CONTENTSList of IllustrationsColour PlatesPrefaceIntroduction Lidwien Kapteijns and Annemiek RichtersMaking Memories of Mogadishu in Somali Poetry about the Civil War Lidwien KapteijnsThe Road, the Song and the Citizen: Singing after Violence in KwaZulu-Natal Liz GunnerMaisha bora, kwa nani? A Cool Life, for Whom? Mediations of Masculinity, Ethnicity, and Violence in a Nairobi Slum Naomi van StapeleTestimonies of Suffering and Recasting the Meanings of Memories of Violence in Post-war Mozambique Victor IgrejaSuffering and Healing in the Aftermath of War and Genocide in Rwanda: Mediations through Community-BasedSociotherapy Annemiek Richters“The balsak in the Roof ”: Bush War Experiences and Mediations as Related by White South African ConscriptsDiana GibsonList of ContributorsIndex