Transformations of African Marriage

1st Edition

David Parkin, David Nyamwaya

Published August 6, 2018
Reference - 362 Pages
ISBN 9781138334809 - CAT# K393374
Series: African Seminars: Scholarship from the International African Institute


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Originally published in 1987, this book shows that there is still considerable continuity in the practices and ideas of marriage in Afican against a background of social and economic change. This book discusses the diverse marriage forms in Africa and explores the different systems some of which can be understood in terms of Levi-Strauss's distinciton between complex and semi-complex structures, while others throw up questions of filiation, child custoidanship and rights secured through bridewealth transactions.

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