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Title:Funerals and the Public Space of Sentiment in Botswana
Authors:Durham, Deborah
Klaits, Frederick
Year:2002
Periodical:Journal of Southern African Studies
Volume:28
Issue:4
Period:December
Pages:777-795
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:social relations
funerals
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/823351
Abstract:In Botswana, funerals are key to the exercise of civil conduct. Funerals constitute distinctive public spaces that focus local attention on how particular persons' sentiments influence the well-being of others. By managing the social impact of sentiments of sorrow, love jealousy, anger and resignation, all those who attend funerals ideally maintain a footing of civility, preventing recognized differences from causing permanent disruptions in social relations. In the context of death, people shape forms of community and difference - along lines of ethnicity, class, religion, gender and kinship - through the mutuality of their emotions. Funerals thus give rise to a public space and a civil discourse based on sentiment. The article is based on the authors' fieldwork in a Herero minority community in Mahalapye, and with an Apostolic church in Gaborone. Notes, ref., sum. (Journal abstract)
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