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Death and Loss in Africa: Special Issue of African Studies Journal

09 October 2012
  • Death and loss in Africa: Care worker and patients home black and white

The special edition, guest edited by Rebekah Lee and Megan Vaughn, shows the diversity of African experience in the management of death and loss and presents new windows onto the emotional, social and existential experience of death in Africa.

Article topics include:
  • An exploration of the spiritual and material consequences of death ‘out of place’ for cross-border migrants in Johannesburg
  • Narratives of ‘twice deaths’ – fatal road accidents en route to funerals – in South Africa
  • A political and ethical critique of the ‘epidemiological turn’ in global road safety through an analysis of the ways in which East Africans draw upon conceptual and spiritual factors in bearing witness to fatal road accidents
  • The use of popular music as part of an expanded repertoire of performative practices, embodying the act of ‘trying’ in the face of hardship and death in an impoverished Copperbelt town
  • The variety of meanings Africans attribute to suicide in East and Southern Africa
  • How women workers in an inner-city Christian NGO in Pretoria draw on ‘vernacularised’ conceptions of women's rights and ‘fidelity’ to articulate a highly gendered ‘sense-making’ of death in the post-apartheid moment
  • A study of the moral and emotional contours of loss as medical staff cope with child death at a paediatric intensive-care unit in South Africa
  • A meditation on the grieving process in Southern Benin.

Selected articles are available to download free of charge.

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