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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Dominance and defiance: a study of marital instability in an
Islamic African society
Published By: Original publisher
Washington, D.C.: American Anthropological Association.
1971. ix, 213 p. ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1998. 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
Tests and schedules administered in the field (125);
Urban and rural life (369);
Status, role, and prestige (554);
Gender status (562);
Family relationships (593);
Basis of marriage (581);
Termination of marriage (586);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
This is a study of marriage stability and divorce among the
Kanuri of northeastern Nigeria. The divorce rate among the Kanuri is extremely high: 64% of
marriages ever contracted end in divorce and 71% of people have been divorced at least
once. Cohen uses a questionnaire, student essays and a psychological test to identify the
major factors influencing marriage instability. Controlling for gender, urban-rural
differences, ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic status, the author concludes that an
ideology of male dominance rooted in Islamic teachings--most manifest in the practice of
purdah--combined with societal acceptance and accommodation of divorced women are among the
principal influences affecting divorce. Divorce rates are highest in urban areas where
households tend to be more wealthier and status-oriented, and housing for divorced women
more available. In poorer rural areas, husbands are more dependent on their wives' labor
and divorce is less frequent. Cohen sees divorce as a consequence of women's defiance of
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Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 211-213)
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.
Ian Skoggard ; 1996
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)
Borno State, Nigeria
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Kanuri (African people)