By Anika Wilson (auth.)
Informal people narrative genres comparable to gossip, suggestion, rumor, and concrete legends supply a distinct window into renowned formations of AIDS and gender clash in Africa. the 1st booklet at the topic to attract totally on such narratives, this booklet indicates how they supply wealthy insights into the struggles of individuals dwelling in an period of social upheaval.
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Catherine referred to the respondent’s appearance] K: When I was seven she was four months pregnant also. When I was eight I delivered at eight. He gave her money for abortion at five months . . He gave her K500 for abortion. When he was doing this I didn’t know. C: Not even partial? K: Not even that, I didn’t know. I was at the hospital delivering. I was delivering the child which died . . C: So after you delivered how long did it take before you knew? K: After the child died I delivered on 13th April and he died on 19th May.
Secondarily, women worried that a man would start having girlfriends or acquire a new wife. They were advised by elders at home, elders in the new villages, and by agemate friends that iff a husband changes, you ought to endure these negative transformations. Some believed that these transformations are inevitable. One off the middle-aged women we spoke to said that nowadays complaints about cheating and polygamy are routine. She warns younger women, “When you marry, don’t think you are alone” (Estery Gondwe, January 10, 2006).
13 The notion of passing along and seeking information of “practical” value is of particular importance in the context of an epidemic disease like AIDS. This inevitably fatal, sexually transmitted disease, often undetected in the first years of its incubation, seems designed to spark speculation. In Malawi, when people get together to chat, they 26 F O L K L O R E , G E N D E R , A N D A I D S I N M A L AW I share observations and collectively construct the sexual histories of neighbors and relatives.