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Sex, gender and marriage in the timber plantations of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: a minor otherwise

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In this article, I describe the practice of a “game” of marriage between women labourers in the timber plantations of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, called umshado wokudlala. I describe the ritualised game in order to follow the ways in which kin terms operated in daily usage among the labourers. Umshado wokudlala shows how a form of “play” opens out and re-imagines possibilities for organising care, intimacy and relatedness under conditions of late capitalism. I suggest that the use of kin ter...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1080/02533952.2016.1194589

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Anthropology; SAME
Oxford college:
St Hugh's College
ORCID:
0000-0001-8869-1886
Publisher:
Taylor and Francis (Routledge) Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Dynamics Journal website
Volume:
42
Issue:
2
Pages:
218-236
Publication date:
2016-06-13
Acceptance date:
2016-04-02
DOI:
EISSN:
1940-7874
ISSN:
0253-3952
Pubs id:
pubs:821797
URN:
uri:e3c1ec1f-ad8b-4718-8e41-3efc704b337f
UUID:
uuid:e3c1ec1f-ad8b-4718-8e41-3efc704b337f
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pubs:821797

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