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Ubuntu - a socialanthropological research in South Africa
2003 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

‘Ubuntu’ a philosophy of life, which can be explained in a various of ways, but often as ‘Humanity’ and ‘a person is a person through other persons’. In autumn 2002 a classmate and I went to Lingelihle, South Africa to do our final teacher practice and to do research for this paper. Lingelihle is situated in the Eastern Cape and close to a small town called Cradock. Lingelihle is the black community with approximately 20 000 inhabitants. I was interested in the way people associated. I had heard that they have a special way of look upon each other, a way that says that we all belong to each other. This way of associate can be called Ubuntu, a word in Xhosa, the second biggest language in South Africa. Ubuntu became the topic of this paper. My interest is to show on an alternative to our individual thinking, in Ubuntu you find an ethic and a tradition that suits the human being, not a profit-seeking society. I have accomplished what is called a qualitative basic research, I made five interviews, four women and one man, and all descended from Eastern Cape and have Xhosa as their mother tongue. My framing questions are; What is Ubuntu? What expressions does Ubuntu take? What does Ubuntu mean to the people? I had a very interesting time sorting out these questions and learned a lot about Ubuntu.

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2003. , 32 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-62028Local ID: GL-70OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-62028DiVA: diva2:1126842
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Primary Education Programme, 240 hp
Available from: 2017-07-13 Created: 2017-07-13

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