Cutting Tradition: the Political Regulation of Traditional Circumcision Rites in South Africa's Liberal Democratic Order

Journal of Southern African Studies (Impact Factor: 0.46). 03/2008; 34(1):78-91. DOI: 10.1080/03057070701832890


The South African Xhosa ethnic group, the majority of whom live in the country's Eastern Cape province, are one of several ethnic groups in southern Africa that pra

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