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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Bridewealth, women, and land: social change among the Gusii of
Published By: Original publisher
Uppsala ; Stockholm, Sweden: [Uppsala University] ;
Distributed by Almqvist & Wiksell International. 1988. 237 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Sociocultural trends (178);
Real property (423);
Labor supply and employment (464);
Gender status (562);
Mode of marriage (583);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Family relationships (593);
Judicial authority (692);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This 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).
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
'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
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
John Beierle ; 2005
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
Kisi District, southwestern Kenya
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Gusii (African people)