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Title:Redefining Kin and Family Social Relations: Burial Societies and Emergency Relief in Botswana
Author:Ngwenya, Barbara N.
Year:2003
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:18
Issue:1
Pages:85-110
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:burial societies
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
organizations
sociology
Burial
Social groups
Funeral rites and ceremonies
kinship
AIDS (Disease)
Social crisis
Link:http://archive.lib.msu.edu/DMC/African%20Journals/pdfs/social%20development/vol18no1/jsda018001005.pdf
Abstract:Based amongst others on fieldwork conducted in Botswana (Gaborone and Ramotswa) between February 1997 and August 1998, the author discusses the provision of financial relief to members' households by women-centred local institutions known as burial societies (diswaeti) in the event of death. The omnipresence of death and dying in Botswana does not necessarily precipitate despondency; instead it underwrites commitments by members of burial societies to new sensibilities and to imaginative interventions that regenerate, rather than wear out, kin relations. By providing emergency financial and non-financial support, burial societies find practical ways to minimize social tensions and reduce animosity between individuals, family and kin. In the burial society community, therefore, the social process of providing emergency financial and non-financial relief is more than an instrumental task: it is a nuanced cultural process that redefines kin and family social relations. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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