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Book cover for "Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa

Book cover for "Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa

April 11, 2019 00:33:55

Guests: Gondola, Didier

Host: Alegi, Peter

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Episode 125

Gangs, Identity, and Power in Congo

Didier Gondola (IUPUI, History and Africana Studies) on his book, Tropical Cowboys: Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa. He reflects on how 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 his forthcoming biography of André Matswa Grenard, an iconoclastic Congolese activist who died in prison in 1942.

00:00:00 - 00:02:13 Introduction
00:02:14 - 00:03:48 Interest in being a historian
00:03:49 - 00:07:14 Kinshasa's tropical cowboys and how to understand them
00:10:40 - 00:13:19 Nicknames
00:13:20 - 00:17:43 Jean Depara's photography
00:17:44 - 00:24:02 Violence
00:24:03 - 00:27:48 Legacy of the cowboys and the recent elections
00:27:49 - 00:32:38 Biography of Andre Matswa Grenard
00:32:39 - 00:33:55 Outro