This book investigates amaXhosa circumcision and the psychological processes involved. Lauraine Vivian employs concepts such as resilience, orthodoxy, broken men, and reciprocity to examine the experiences of men who have developed mental health issues in relation to their initiation into manhood. The chapters cover sensitive topics such as physical injury, pain, harm, and women’s agency. Drawing on the stories of over seventy amaXhosa men, the book provides rare insight into circumcision and psychotic experience.
Table of Contents
1. Negotiating Patriarchy; 2. Resounding Resilience in amaXhosa Circumcision; 3. amaXhosa Women in Circumcision; 4. Embedding Pain in Memory; 5. Circumcision, Manhood and Psychosis; 6. amaXhosa Metaphor in Psychosis; 7.Negotiating Harm; 8. Women’s Advocacy; 9. The Depth of Contestation
Lauraine M. H. Vivian is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.