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Stigmatized bodies near Lake Victoria : a cultural analysis of institutions

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In recent intervention campaigns sensitizing about harmful practices in eastern Africa, the beliefs and institutions of rural populations are marked out: culture is the culprit. This article concentrates on the most targeted region, Sukuma-speaking communities in Tanzania, to verify the stigmatizing impact of institutions: whether bridewealth treats women as commodities, whether children with nsebu disorder are stigmatized, and why children living with albinism are stigmatized. Complementing the situational analysis of power relations, cultural analysis approaches institutions as established practices in a group and as generated from the palette of experiential frames constituting the cultural system prevailing in that group. The method’s sensitivity to intracultural diversity highlights the local capacity of applying cultural logics, ethically framing situations and creating new institutions, for instance by female healers protecting their clients against stigmatization. The method permits to conclude, for the cases studied, that institutions categorizing people prevent rather than cause the discreditable social status known as stigma.
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History and Philosophy of Science, Multidisciplinary, Sukuma, Albinism, Harmful traditional practices, Extended case method

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Stroeken, Koenraad. “Stigmatized Bodies near Lake Victoria : A Cultural Analysis of Institutions.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, 2021, doi:10.1007/s10699-020-09684-y.
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Stroeken, K. (2021). Stigmatized bodies near Lake Victoria : a cultural analysis of institutions. FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09684-y
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Stroeken, Koenraad. 2021. “Stigmatized Bodies near Lake Victoria : A Cultural Analysis of Institutions.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09684-y.
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Stroeken, Koenraad. 2021. “Stigmatized Bodies near Lake Victoria : A Cultural Analysis of Institutions.” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. doi:10.1007/s10699-020-09684-y.
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Stroeken K. Stigmatized bodies near Lake Victoria : a cultural analysis of institutions. FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE. 2021;
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K. Stroeken, “Stigmatized bodies near Lake Victoria : a cultural analysis of institutions,” FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE, 2021.
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  abstract     = {{In recent intervention campaigns sensitizing about harmful practices in eastern Africa, the beliefs and institutions of rural populations are marked out: culture is the culprit. This article concentrates on the most targeted region, Sukuma-speaking communities in Tanzania, to verify the stigmatizing impact of institutions: whether bridewealth treats women as commodities, whether children with nsebu disorder are stigmatized, and why children living with albinism are stigmatized. Complementing the situational analysis of power relations, cultural analysis approaches institutions as established practices in a group and as generated from the palette of experiential frames constituting the cultural system prevailing in that group. The method’s sensitivity to intracultural diversity highlights the local capacity of applying cultural logics, ethically framing situations and creating new institutions, for instance by female healers protecting their clients against stigmatization. The method permits to conclude, for the cases studied, that institutions categorizing people prevent rather than cause the discreditable social status known as stigma.}},
  author       = {{Stroeken, Koenraad}},
  issn         = {{1233-1821}},
  journal      = {{FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE}},
  keywords     = {{History and Philosophy of Science,Multidisciplinary,Sukuma,Albinism,Harmful traditional practices,Extended case method}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  title        = {{Stigmatized bodies near Lake Victoria : a cultural analysis of institutions}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10699-020-09684-y}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}

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