Wedding of calm and wedding of noise: Aging performed and aging misquoted in Tuareg rites of passage

Authors
Citation
Sj. Rasmussen, Wedding of calm and wedding of noise: Aging performed and aging misquoted in Tuareg rites of passage, J ANTHR RES, 57(3), 2001, pp. 277-303
Citations number
53
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH
ISSN journal
0091-7710 → ACNP
Volume
57
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
277 - 303
Database
ISI
SICI code
0091-7710(200123)57:3<277:WOCAWO>2.0.ZU;2-Y
Abstract
Among the Tuareg of Niger, West Africa, much local cultural imagery identif ies aging with increasing devotion to prayer and greater participation in r ites of passage. It contrasts these activities to evening musical festivals classified by many as "anti-Islamic" and which are identified with youth. These ritual and festival frames and their age tropes reveal struggles, as well as interdependencies, among older persons and their children in marria ge and household concerns, as well as in wider upheavals in Tuareg society. The Tuareg data offer insights into cultural constructions of aging and di sputes over them. They also suggest refinements of anthropological theories on performance, ritual, and festival processes in relation to life transit ions.