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Maternal Incest as Moral Panic: Envisioning Futures without Fathers in the South African Lowveld

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Auteurs : Isak Niehaus
Périodique : Journal of Southern African Studies
Numéros : vol. 36, nº 4, ISSN 0305-7070 (Imprimé), ISSN 1465-3893 (En ligne)
Dates : Date de publication: 12/2010
Etendue : pp. 833-849
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Titre :

Maternal Incest as Moral Panic: Envisioning Futures without Fathers in the South African Lowveld

Autre titre :

Titre du dossier: Patriarchy and Domestic Struggles

Résumé :

During 2008, rumours about revolting incestuous encounters between sons and their mothers circulated in the Bushbuckridge municipality of the South African lowveld. This article views these rumours as expressing moral panic, paying particular attention to the historical contexts of their emergence and circulation, and to their temporal orientation. I locate these rumours in the periphery of South Africa's de-industrialising economy, marked by increased unemployment and criminality among men and by a growing prominence of women-headed households. They express a regressive temporalisation and pessimistic vision, not of development, progress and civilisation, but rather of deterioration and de-civilisation. Through the alleged act of incest, sons who engage in crime usurp the authority of fathers who once produced value in strategic industries and mines. As such the rumours envision a dystopia marked by the ‘death of the father’ and chaotic disorder without morality and law.

Mots clés libres :

Geography, Planning and Development, Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous), Sociology and Political Science

Détails

Langue : anglais
Numéro de fiche : 1253
Source : CrossRef
Type de fiche : Article de périodique
Création : 04/05/2018
Dernière modification : 14/11/2018
Statut WordPress : Publié