The Decline of Marriage in Namibia

Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community

In Southern Africa, marriage used to be widespread and common. However, over the past decades marriage rates have declined significantly. Julia Pauli explores the meaning of marriage when only few marry. Although marriage rates have dropped sharply, the value of weddings and marriages has not. To marry has become an indicator of upper-class status that less affluent people aspire to. Using the appropriation of marriage by a rural Namibian elite as a case study, the book tells the entwined stories of class formation and marriage decline in post-apartheid Namibia.

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27 February 2019, 296 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4303-9

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Julia Pauli

Julia Pauli, Institut für Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie, Universität Hamburg, Deutschland

»It is an intricate analysis of how transformations in Namibian marriage practices have been framed and structured by dramatic political and economic changes in the twentieth century, and thus how the vantage point ofmarriage is a productive tool from which to study how personal experiences reflect larger social shifts.«
Rachel Spronk, African Studies Review, 63/4 (2020)
»With its balanced discussion of the regional literature the monograph is a good read for social scientists doing research in the Southern African region and of value to anyone researching gender and family relations. In addition, it is an inspiration for anyone interested in class relationsin Africa.«
Astrid Bochow, Anthropos, 115 (2020)
»This is a rich and valuable study, of-fering a
nuanced and historically sensitive ap-proach to an important question.«
Meredith McKittrick, H-Net-Reviews, 6 (2020)
»This monograph provides a superb ethnography and a fruitful resource for understanding most of the core issues that revolve around marriage and the lack thereof in a Namibian community. It has much value as an anthropological study that indicates how new consumption patterns affect traditional institutions.«
Stephanie Rudwick, Modern Africa, 7/2 (2019)
Author(s)
Julia Pauli
Book title
The Decline of Marriage in Namibia Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community
Publisher
transcript Verlag
Pages
296
Features
kart., Klebebindung, 4 SW-Abbildungen, 14 Farbabbildungen
ISBN
978-3-8376-4303-9
DOI
10.14361/9783839443033
Commodity Group
1752
BIC-Code
JHMC HBTR HBJH
BISAC-Code
SOC002010 POL045000 HIS010000
THEMA-Code
JHMC NHTR NHH
Release date
27 February 2019
Edition
1
Topics
Postkolonialismus, Soziale Ungleichheit, Familie
Readership
Social and Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, Demography
Keywords/Tags
Marriage, Namibia, Elites, Consumption, Kinship, Class, Family, Social Inequality, Postcolonialism, Ethnology, African History, Africa

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