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Tropical Cowboys

Westerns, Violence, and Masculinity in Kinshasa

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Tropical Cowboys by Ch Didier Gondola
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During the 1950s and 60s in the Congo city of Kinshasa, there emerged young urban male gangs known as "Bills" or "Yankees." Modeling themselves on the images of the iconic American cowboy from Hollywood film, the "Bills" sought to negotiate lives lived under oppressive economic, social, and political conditions. They developed their own style, subculture, and slang and as Ch. Didier Gondola shows, engaged in a quest for manhood through bodybuilding, marijuana, violent sexual behavior, and other transgressive acts. Gondola argues that this street culture became a backdrop for Congo-Zaire's emergence as an independent nation and continues to exert powerful influence on the country's urban youth culture today.

Author Biography

Ch. Didier Gondola is Chair of the History Department and Professor of African History at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. He is editor (with Peter J. Bloom and Charles Tshimanga) of Frenchness and the African Diaspora: Identity and Uprising in Contemporary France (IUP).
Release date NZ
April 10th, 2016
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
21 b&w illus., 2 maps, 2 tables
Imprint
Indiana University Press
Pages
270
Dimensions
3887x5817x23
ISBN-13
9780253020666
Product ID
23910369

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