Fragmented Worlds, Coherent Lives: The Politics of Difference in Botswana

Fragmented Worlds, Coherent Lives: The Politics of Difference in Botswana

by Pnina Motzafi-Haller

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Overview

Explores the meaning of writing in the post postmodernist moment when master narratives have been questioned and the very act of representing others has been problematized, and discusses some of the key theoretical debates emerging in the aftermath of what came to be known as the postmodernist crisis.

When the author first went to Botswana in the early 1980s to study the impact a major land reform had on rural life in this impoverished African country, social theory and ethnographic practice seemed solid and convincing. A decade later, and again in 1999, she returned to Bostwana and to the Tswapong people whose lives she had shared, and she encountered not only a rapidly shifting social reality, but she also began to ask questions that stemmed from and were shaped by theoretical frames quite different from those she had employed in her earlier work.

At the center of the narrative that runs through this study is a critical reflexive discussion that explores the tension between data recorded at a particular historical moment and the interpretive frames offered to make sense of such data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897898812
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2002
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.96(w) x 9.78(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

PNINA MOTZAFI-HALLER is Senior Research Fellow at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research and Lecturer in Anthropology in the Department of Behavioral Studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

Fragmented Lives

Gender, Conjugality, and Family

Making a Living, Making a Home

Historical Narratives as Identity Discourses

The Politics of Space and Place

Social Space, Collective Identity, and Moments of Resistance

Ethnecizing Gender, Engendering the Ethnic Other

Conclusions

Bibliography

Index

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