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Title:Why the Uduk Won't Pay Bride Wealth
Author:James, W.R.
Periodical:Sudan Notes and Records
Geographic term:Sudan
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Abstract:In 1963 a system of bridewealth payment was introduced, which would probably cut down the frequency of marriage instability. This policy however failed for two reasons: 1. nobody in the area saw the system as being beneficial, 2. the bridewealth was considered as a gift to be consumed instead of a permanent investment, by which it was not taken seriously as compensation for the loss of right over productivity of a woman, which in fact is the essential meaning of the bridewealth transaction. Parts of the article: Social organization - Reaction to the Omda's 1963 policy - Gifts, debts, and morality - The southern Uduk: note on sister-exchange marriage - Conclusion. Notes.