Umkweta is a circumcision ritual for amaXhosa males in South Africa aged 15 to 25 that has been practiced for centuries. But indigenous traditions like umkweta have undergone many changes due to globalization. While originally designed to prepare Xhosa boys for adulthood as well as unify and strengthen Xhosa identity, umkweta in its modern practice is plagued by inflated costs and severe health concerns. By interviewing men who have undergone umkweta, and incorporating theories of world-systems and negotiation, I analyze the effects of globalization on Xhosa ritual circumcision, paying close attention to power, capitalism, and identity.
Kardulias, P. Nick
Sociology and Anthropology
Konscak, Robin, "Modernity, Tradition, and Indigenous Rights: a Conflict of the Ages As Viewed Through Xhosa Ritual Circumcision in South Africa" (2009). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 1102.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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