Parading respectability: the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa and the constitution of subjectivity.

  • Sylvia Bruinders Lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the University of Cape Town


In my research on the Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape (November 2003 to March 2006), which this extract from my field notes speaks to, I have often observed how important it is for the bands to display their respectability and discipline. In this article I investigate how the bands constitute themselves as respectable members of society through disciplinary routines, uniform dress, and military gestures.


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How to Cite
Bruinders, S. “Parading Respectability: The Christmas Bands Movement in the Western Cape, South Africa and the Constitution of Subjectivity.”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 8, no. 4, Nov. 2010, pp. 69-83, doi: