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Title:'Sick' with child
Author:Botha, Nina
Year:2010
Periodical:Anthropology Southern Africa (ISSN 0258-0144)
Volume:33
Issue:1-2
Pages:1-8
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:pregnancy
girls
socialization
schools
Afrikaners
Abstract:The author uses the phrase ''sick' with child' in a South African context, where girls who have fallen pregnant during their schooling are sent to a hospital school. This school is regarded as an institution that promotes good mothering, and where the attending girls are cured from being 'sick' with child. The paper aims at opening a window on the socioeconomic circumstances, religious ideals and norms amongst some Afrikaans-speaking people. This takes place within a wider framework of shedding light on broader issues in contemporary South Africa. Based on information generated through ethnographic methods, the paper shows how the school in question attempts to perpetuate ideas of a 'good white' and a 'good mother' as part of a discourse of 'ordentlikheid' (being balanced and socially acceptable). The paper concludes with some speculative remarks on the appearance of this 'ordentlikheid' discourse in political statements about teenage pregnancy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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