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Title:Practices of relatedness and the re-invention of 'duol' as a network of care for orphans and widows in western Kenya
Authors:Nyambedha, Erick OtienoISNI
Aagaard-Hansen, Jens
Year:2007
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:77
Issue:4
Pages:517-534
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Luo
customs
social relations
orphans
widows
AIDS
External links:https://doi.org/10.3366/afr.2007.77.4.517
http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/v077/77.4nyambedha.pdf
Abstract:'Duol' is a term used in reference to traditional Luo life to signify unity and solidarity within a lineage under the authority of the elders. This authority was most prominent in the precolonial period, and continued up to independence. It declined steadily under the impact of modernity during the postindependence period. Consequently, the institution of 'duol' fell into disuse. The emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic has renewed the need for unity and solidarity in finding community-based solutions. The original principles of 'duol' are now manifested in a transformed version of 'duol' and similar collaborative community initiatives. This article suggests that efforts to assist communities adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic should base their interventions in the various community-based collaborative initiatives. Traditional institutions, it is argued, may be re-invented in times of turmoil as new forms of relatedness through which human agency is focused to counter serious challenges to rural communities. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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