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Title:Marriage and Medicine: Women's Search for Love and Luck
Author:Keller, Bonnie B.
Year:1978
Periodical:African Social Research
Issue:26
Period:December
Pages:489-505
Language:English
Geographic term:Zambia
Subjects:women
witchcraft
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:The economic dependency of Zambian townswomen influences the way in which they perceive their relationships with men. Women feel that they are often unable to control or influence the course that their relationship with a man takes. They see men as primary actors and themselves as reactors. The present paper details the kinds of experiences which townswomen have in their relationships with men and their strategies for coping with vulnerability and economic dependency, particularly the strategy of indigenous medicine usage. Information is based on the author's observation of forty-eight women, predominantly Tonga in ethnic origin, who lived in Mazabuka, a small urban enclave in a largely rural, agricultural district in the Southern Province, during the period 1975-76. Notes, ref.
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