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Le joueur de tambour d'aisselle est-il un homme ? : Construction de la masculinité et du statut social chez les Zarma du Niger

Abstract : Is the Hourglass Drummer a Man ? This article, with its provocative title, analyses the behaviour and language practices of an hourglass drummer called K., who is the descendant of a "captive", and compares the social representations of masculinity at play in Zarma society. In line with an anthropolinguistic perspective as developed in particular by Alessandro Duranti (1994), the author first presents the conventional social representations of "captivity" and masculinity, and compares them to the specific practices of this particular individual called K. The author then proceeds to analyses the occupation of public space and specific language practices, two notions that form part of the image that the drummer projects of himself, and of the complex perceptions that others have of him. These are such that--although his masculinity is never questioned in his own home--when he is in "professional mode", he aligns himself with the women, and performs as a "non-gender".
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Sandra Bornand. Le joueur de tambour d'aisselle est-il un homme ? : Construction de la masculinité et du statut social chez les Zarma du Niger. Cahiers d'études africaines, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, 2013, 209-210, pp.269-291. ⟨halshs-00907870⟩

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