Parading Respectability

Parading Respectability: The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa

The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa

By Sylvia Bruinders
Size: 168 x 240 mm
Pages: 224 pp
ISBN 13: 978-1-920033-19-4
Published: September 2017
Publishers: NISC (Pty) Ltd for African Humanities Program
Recommended Retail Price: R 325.00
Cover: Softcover

About the book

Parading respectability: The cultural and moral aesthetics of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa is an intimate and incisive portrait of the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape of South Africa. Drawing on her own on background as well as her extended research study period during which she became a band member and was closely involved in its day-to-day affairs, the author, Dr Sylvia Bruinders, documents this centuries-old expressive practice of ushering in the joy of Christmas through music by way of a social history of the coloured communities. In doing so, she traces the slave origins of the Christmas Bands Movement, as well as how the oppressive and segregationist injustices of both colonialism and apartheid, together with the civil liberties afforded in the South African Constitution (1996) after the country became a democracy in 1994 have shaped the movement. 

About the Authors

Dr Sylvia Bruinders is senior lecturer and head of Ethnomusicology and African Music at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town where she teaches courses in Ethnomusicology, African and World musics. A former Fulbright scholar, her dissertation on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape received the Nicholas Temperley Award for Excellence in a Dissertation in Musicology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, she received the African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York to write a monograph based on her doctoral research from which she has already published several articles and book chapters. She enjoys Pilates, swimming and leisurely walks.

Contents

Foreward
Preface
Glossary
Chapter 1: Sociopolitical and historical introduction
Chapter 2: Ethnography of the Christmas Bands Movement
Chapter 3: The St Joseph’s Christmas Band
Chapter 4: From oral/aural to literate: Musical transmission in the Christmas Bands
Chapter 5: Militarism in the bands: Christmas Bands Competitions
Chapter 6: Hidden subjectivities: Women’s involvement in the Christmas bands 
Chapter 7: Reflections and conclusions
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

 

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