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Unfolding Narratives of Ubuntu in Southern Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Julian Müller, John Eliastam, Sheila Trahar


132 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Ubuntu is the African idea of personhood: persons depend on other persons in order to be. This is summarised in the expression: umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu, that is, a person is a person through persons.

This edited collection illustrates the power of fictionalised representation in reporting research conducted on Ubuntu in Southern Africa. The chapters insert the concept of Ubuntu within the broad intellectual debate of self and community, to demonstrate its intellectual and philosophical value and theoretical grounding in known practices emanating from the African continent, and indeed how it works to unsettle some of our received notions of the self.

Table of Contents

Endorsement from Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

List of Contributors


Map of Ubuntuville

Part I – Explanation

Introduction: the unfolding story

1.Fictionalisation and research.

John Eliastam, Julian Müller, Marguerite Müller, Sheila Trahar

Part II – The Story

2. Ubuntuville, the view from the cemetery.

Julian Müller

3. Unseen.

Herman Holtzhausen

4. The quilting group: stitches from the soul.

Retha Kruidenier

5. Na bo nga bantu (they too are human)

Trevor Ntlhola

6. The outsider.

John Eliastam

7. A multicultural community.

Wonke Buqa

8. The art of survival: women and violence in Ubuntuville.

Molly Manyonganise

9. Politics and conflict in Ubuntuville.

Titus Makusi

10. Discovering Ubuntu language.

Lieze Meiring

11. Lost

Sheila Trahar

About the Editors

Julian Müller,University of Pretoria, South Africa.

John Eliastam, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Sheila Trahar,University of Bristol, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Africa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Philosophy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries