African Liberation Reader: Documents of the National by Aquino De Braganca, Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein

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Granted, these traditions are not inherent or natural, but they are inherited and naturalized because they are repeatedly enacted through time and thereby concretized and believed to be foundational, immutable, irrefutable, and normal. The point here is that there are special or heightened events and cultural performances (in contrast to the everyday quotidian performatives of tradition) that also constitute and solidify tradition, such as the public ceremonies represented in the 60 Minutes documentary, in cases where the female, upon first entering the shrine, will walk through the village past a chorus of song, chant, and jeers to then enter the shrine where the raffia is ritually placed around her neck, her underwear is removed, and she begins her new life as a Trokosi.

After large-scale complaints by students, the government agreed to a small scholarship fund. However, several weeks after classes started, the funds were not distributed, raising doubts that they ever would be. Most graduate classes were held despite the early days of the strike, and many faculty members continued instruction with the students who did show up. The Chair of the English Department, where I was teaching, Introduction 21 encouraged all of us to continue classes, whether we were in sympathy with the strikers or not, because the government simply had no choice and was operating as best it could, with genuine concern for the students.

Although this study focuses on acts Introduction 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 31 of activism that centered on basic human rights and not exclusively humanitarian justice, I want to take up the significance of truth as it relates to the spectrum of human rights and social justice issues, whether they are acts of genocide or nutritional health for mothers and babies. , against the facts of starvation and genocide, to be denied the right to marry seems less urgent. But that does not erase the fact that it is a legitimate and deeply lived human rights violation for populations across the world.

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