Abu, Katharine. Separateness of spouses: conjugal resources in an Ashanti town

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Title: Separateness of spouses: conjugal resources in an Ashanti town

Published in: Female and male in West Africa, edited by Christine Oppong

Published By: Female and male in West Africa, edited by Christine Oppong London: Allen & Unwin, 1983. 156-168 p.

By line: Katharine Abu

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Property in movables (422); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Residence (591); Household (592); Family relationships (593); Polygamy (595);

Abstract: In this article, Abu discusses marriage and residence patterns in an Ashanti town. Customary marriage is arranged by the matrilineage, which maintains a protective role over the wife. The wife continues to live with her matrilineage but provides meals for her husband, who occupies a separate residence. Cooking and sleeping arrangements rotate among wives in polygamous marriages. Men have little authority over their own children, who usually live with their mothers. ‘Lover’ or ‘free’ marriages are more commonly found in second marriages. Immigration has influenced joint co-residence patterns, although couples continue to earn separate incomes and keep separate budgets. In a new customary exchange the husband gives his wife ‘chop money’ to buy and cook food.

Document Number: 31

Document ID: fe12-031

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: For bibliographical references see source 56: Anonymous

Field Date: Not Specified

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard; 1999

Coverage Date: Not Specified

Coverage Place: Ashanti; Koforiduana, Ghana

LCSH: Akan (African people)

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