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Title:The myths surrounding people with albinism in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Author:Baker, CharlotteISNI
Year:2010
Periodical:Journal of African Cultural Studies (ISSN 1369-6815)
Volume:22
Issue:2
Pages:169-181
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Zimbabwe
Subjects:albinism
attitudes
stereotypes
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13696815.2010.491412
Abstract:The myths associated with albinism in South Africa and Zimbabwe have a profound influence on the lives of people with the condition, from the moment of their birth until their death. The beliefs and superstitions surrounding the condition affect family life and interfere with access to education, employment and marriage. Drawing on a common interest in albinism, specialist research interests, and recent multidisciplinary studies and research carried out in South Africa and Zimbabwe, the authors examine these myths and trace their impact on the lives of people with albinism. They trace the actuality of living with the condition in parts of present-day southern Africa, as reported in the first-hand accounts of people with albinism. They compare attitudes to albinism in different cultures and groups, and suggest ways in which the myths that have surrounded people with albinism for so long, which frequently have very negative connotations, can be challenged by a more scientific and culturally neutral explanation. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]
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