COVID and custom in rural South Africa: culture, healthcare and the state

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dc.description.abstract This book explores the impact of Covid-19, and the associated state lockdown, on rural lives in a former homeland in South Africa. The 2020 Disaster Management Act saw the state sweep through rural areas, targeting funerals and other customary practices as potential 'super-spreader' events. This unprecedented clampdown produced widespread disruption, fear and anxiety. The authors build on path-breaking work concerning local responses to West Africa's Ebola epidemic, and examine the HIV/AIDS pandemic, to understand the impact of the Covid crisis on these communities, and on rural Africa more broadly. To shed light on the role of custom and ritual in rural social change during the pandemic, Covid and Custom in Rural South Africa applies long-term historical and ethnographic research; theories of people's science, local knowledge and the human economy; and fieldwork conducted in ten rural South African communities during lockdown. The volume highlights differences between developments in Southern Africa and elsewhere on the continent, while exploring how the former apartheid homelands-commonly, yet problematically, represented as former 'abour reserves'- have since been reconstituted as new homes-paces. In short, it explains why rural people have been so angered by the state's assault on their cultural practices and institutions in the time of Covid. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Hurst en
dc.subject RURAL AREAS en
dc.subject HEALTHCARE en
dc.subject COVID-19 en
dc.title COVID and custom in rural South Africa: culture, healthcare and the state en
dc.type Monograph (Book) en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber LBBBBB en
dc.BudgetYear 2022/23 en
dc.ResearchGroup Inclusive Economic Development en
dc.PlaceOfPublication London en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9812467 en
dc.outputnumber 13971 en
dc.bibliographictitle Bank, L. & Sharpley, N. (2022) COVID and custom in rural South Africa: culture, healthcare and the state. London: Hurst. en
dc.publicationyear 2022 en
dc.contributor.author1 Bank, L. en
dc.contributor.author2 Sharpley, N. en

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