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Title:Is there anything more to say about Lobolo?
Author:De Haas, Mary
Periodical:African Studies
Geographic term:South Africa
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Sex Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00020188708707663
Abstract:There is little recent information on urban attitudes and practices relating to bridewealth in South Africa. Questions such as whether bridewealth payments are losing favour amongst educated blacks, whether commercialization is widespread and whether the payment of bridewealth is responsible for protracted delays in marriage, have remained largely unanswered. This paper, based on research amongst blacks living and working in the Durban area, offers tentative answers to these questions, and suggests that lobolo, as bridewealth is known locally, is still paid in the majority of marriages and is, for a variety of reasons, widely valued. Although quantitative data are used wherever possible, the approach is primarily qualitative. Bibliogr., notes.