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Title:Bridewealth, Women and Land: Social Change among the Gusii of Kenya
Author:Håkansson, ThomasISNI
Year:1988
Issue:10
Pages:237
Language:English
Series:Uppsala studies in cultural anthropology (ISSN 0348-5099)
City of publisher:Uppsala
ISBN:9155421903
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Gusii
bridewealth
women
dissertations (form)
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
Abstract:This study examines the changing role of bridewealth in structuring male-female relationships among the Gusii of Kenya, emphasizing resource allocation and family affairs. Using a diachronic perspective, the author examines the role of bridewealth in precolonial Gusii society, during the colonial transformation, and in contemporary Gusii society. He pays particular attention to the current marginalization of women, the prevalence of informal unions among poor farmers, marriage payments among the more wealthy and Westernized Gusii, and the changing relationship between educated, employed women and their families. He shows that bridewealth continues to be central to Gusii social organization, because it is connected with specific norms and values which provide continuity.
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