PODCAST: Gangs, Identity, and Power in Congo (Africa Past and Present 125)

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Episode 125 of Africa Past and Present -- the podcast about African history, culture, and politics -- is now available at http://afripod.aodl.org.

In this episode, Prof. Ch. Didier Gondola (Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis) reflects on his book, Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa. The interview digs into the ways in which Hollywood Westerns shaped a performative young urban masculinity expressed through nicknames and slang, cannabis consumption, gender violence, fashion, and sport. Gondola also offers insights on Jean Depara’s photography, the recent DRC elections, and shares details about his forthcoming biography of André Matswa Grenard, an iconoclastic Congolese activist who died in prison in 1942.

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Africa Past and Present is hosted by Peter Alegi and Peter Limb and co-produced by Matrix -- the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences -- and the Department of History at Michigan State University.