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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Female and male in West Africa, edited by Christine Oppong

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Katharine Abu

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Property in movables (422); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Residence (591); Household (592); Family relationships (593); Polygamy (595);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 31

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fe12-031

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Essay

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: For bibliographical references see source 56: Anonymous

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Not Specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard;1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ashanti; Koforiduana, Ghana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Akan (African people)


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