Gender and Embodiment: Expectations of Manliness in a Zambian Village

  • Paul Dover


Ahunter’s moon shone down on the village in Chiawa Chieftainship in the lower Zambezi valley. I was at chirero festivities, when a dead person’s spirit is recalled to its kin and people dance and sing all night. Young people dance to drums, while the mature people sing chirero songs accompanied by the beating of wooden pestles with sticks and the very old sit and chat together. I wandered over to the young people’s dance. Called chips, it involves fast drumming and songs. On impulse, I joined in and was swept up by two young girls who spun me round and round to the enjoyment of the onlookers. It was one of those occasions in which one feels part of the community.


Hegemonic Masculinity Sexed Body Inherent Conflict Object Relation Theory Gender Regime 
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