Bridewealth, women, and land: social change among the Gusii of Kenya
[Uppsala University] ; Distributed by Almqvist & Wiksell International • Uppsala • Published In 1988 • Pages: 237
By: Håkansson, Thomas.
AbstractThis document examines the persistence of bridewealth among the Gusii people of southwestern Kenya. The focus of the work is on the various factors which have affected the norms and actions connected with bridewealth transactions. This entails a study of the integration of bridewealth into: 1. The market economy; 2. The new, altered aspects of social organization; and 3. The legal and administrative apparatus of colonial and modern Kenya. The role of bridewealth vis-a-vis change is examined with respect to family organization, property relations and social interaction between people connected through such transactions. In contrast to the usually male-centered studies of bridewealth exchanges, the relationship between bridewealth and women's statuses and role, especially pertaining to property, is explored (p. 13).
- HRAF PubDate
- Sub Region
- Eastern Africa
- Document Type
- John Beierle ; 2005
- Coverage Date
- Coverage Place
- Kisi District, southwestern Kenya
- Thomas Håkansson
- 'Printed editon of a doctoral dissertation presented to the faculty of arts, Uppsala University, 1987'--Verso of t.p.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 228-233) and index
- Gusii (African people)