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Title:The Drama of Uvukwi: A Note from the Field
Author:Abwunza, Judith M.
Year:1988
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Volume:22
Issue:3
Pages:607-614
Language:English
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:Luyia
bridewealth
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/485957
Abstract:The data for this research is derived from fieldwork in progress among the Logoli people, who are located in the Western Province of Kenya, in an area known as Maragoli. Initial observations are reported on the cultural practice of 'uvukwi', literally translated by the Logoli as dowry. The question is examined as to whether uvukwi has a negative effect upon women's feelings of self-worth, when the ways and means to the way it 'ought' to be, culminating in the good life, are blocked by individual and economic considerations. The argument put forward is illustrated with several examples. Notes.
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