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Title:The Widow in Blue: Blood and the Morality of Remembering in Botswana's Time of AIDS
Author:Klaits, FrederickISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:75
Issue:1
Pages:46-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:memory
sexuality
mourning
AIDS
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Religion and Witchcraft
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Cultural Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3556716
Abstract:Popular talk and silence about AIDS in Botswana have been shaped by survivors' efforts to manage the ways in which they remember relationships arising from procreation. The emotional force of death induces the immediately bereaved and wider communities of survivors to recollect who has shared blood with whom through sexual intercourse. Such acts of remembering may have decisive repercussions on relations of kinship, marriage and mutual support. For Batswana, 'remembering' is a form of acting as well as feeling, possessing a capacity to shape moral conduct for the long term. In the context of death, local debates about what and how to remember reflect contested endeavours to make relations based on blood persist beyond a person's passing. Focusing on a particular set of local perspectives on the morality of remembering, the article shows that members of an Apostolic church in Gaborone encourage one another to remember in a manner reflecting distinctive methods of maintaining relations of kinship and care. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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