The 'Nevergiveups' of Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS: Scholar-Journalism-Activism as Social Documentary

November 2012
Kronos: Southern African Histories;Nov2012, Vol. 38, p219
Academic Journal
In this article, the authors describe their work documenting the lives of women involved in the group Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) in South Africa. The authors interpret this work through their respective professional identities of photographer, journalist, and academic sociologist. Their work would be used to create "The Nevergiveups" photograph exhibition at the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Focus is given to the ways in which South African grandmothers share trauma through the collective memory of apartheid and the contemporary impact of the country's HIV/AIDS problem. Broadly, the authors demonstrate the connection between social documentation and scholarly activism.


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