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Gendered naming and values inherent in the Xhosa amakrwala (graduate-initiates): implications for teaching a multicultural class

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dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-29 en
dc.date.accessioned 2021-04-26T13:15:07Z
dc.date.available 2021-04-26T13:15:07Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2985
dc.description Paper presented at the 17th International Biennial Conference, Names Society of South Africa, Maseru, 25-27 September en
dc.description.abstract Rites of passage play a central role in African socialization, demarking the different stages in an individual's development, as well as that person's relationship and role in the broader community. The major stage in African life is the transition from childhood to adulthood when they become fully institutionalized to the ethics of the group's culture. Rites of passage are for this reason critical in character building and identity formation (Shahadah) - a view equally propounded by Tajfel (1996), a social identity theorist. For Xhosa male graduate-initiates (amakrwala), names bestowed upon them during the process of ukwaluka are a prescript that signifies values held by the broader community. Drawing from an empirical study that sought to understand the conceptual underpinnings of the practice, this paper presents the perceptual voices of both the initiates and name givers. Using theories of social identity and masculinity, it asserts that the naming custom occurs in a context that, whilst one hand is endeared and seeks to build character, it stipulates a kind of masculinity and identity that is in line with what the broader community sanctions and values. Equally the paper seeks to examine implications that such socialisation could have in a multicultural and/or multilingual class - as such classes are in the rise at the research sites from which the data for this paper was drawn. en
dc.format.medium Intranet en
dc.subject INITIATION RITUALS en
dc.subject SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT en
dc.title Gendered naming and values inherent in the Xhosa amakrwala (graduate-initiates): implications for teaching a multicultural class en
dc.type Conference or seminar papers en
dc.ProjectNumber LMAAAA en
dc.BudgetYear 2012/13 en
dc.ResearchGroup Education and Skills Development en
dc.ArchiveNumber 7696 en
dc.URL http://ktree.hsrc.ac.za/doc_read_all.php?docid=12159 en
dc.outputnumber 6357 en
dc.bibliographictitle Cekiso, M. & Meyiwa, T. (2012) Gendered naming and values inherent in the Xhosa amakrwala (graduate-initiates): implications for teaching a multicultural class. (Paper presented at the 17th International Biennial Conference, Names Society of South Africa, Maseru, 25-27 September). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2985 en
dc.publicationyear 2012 en
dc.contributor.author1 Cekiso, M. en
dc.contributor.author2 Meyiwa, T. en


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