Marriage in Maradi: Gender and Culture in a Hausa Society in Niger, 1900-89

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This work explores how both men and women adapted, negotiated and contested their rights and duties in marriage during a period of socio-political upheaval in 20th-century Niger, a period which saw the advent and demise of colonial rule, the abolition of slavery and the rise of Islam.
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Overview

This work explores how both men and women adapted, negotiated and contested their rights and duties in marriage during a period of socio-political upheaval in 20th-century Niger, a period which saw the advent and demise of colonial rule, the abolition of slavery and the rise of Islam.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780852556276
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/17/1997
  • Series: Social History of Africa
  • Pages: 288

Meet the Author

Barbara Cooper studied African history, anthropology, and Hausa language at the African Studies Center of Boston University, where she received her Ph.D. in 1992. Her articles on Maradi's history have appeared in Journal of African History, African Economic History, and Signs. She has taught at the University of Florida and Bryn Mawr College and is now an assistant professor at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her current research focuses upon Muslim women's negotiation of space and upon the history of a Protestant minority community in Maradi.
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Table of Contents

List of Maps and Figures
List of Photographs
Acknowledgments
Glossary of Acronyms and Foreign Terms
Introduction
1 Unpredictable Interventions: Emancipating Slaves and Regulating Marriage 1
2 Mediating Marriage: State Intrusion and Local Dispute Settlement 20
3 Ambiguities of Dependency: Negotiating Land and Labor in a Shifting Agricultural Economy 40
4 From Migrant to Mai Gida 62
5 Women's Worth and Wedding Gift Exchange 90
6 Wealth and Learning: Discourses on Prosperity and Domesticity 110
7 Coping with Conflicting Models: Nurturing Ties, Maintaining Ambiguity, and Opting Out 143
8 Of "Prostitutes," the Public, and Politics 168
Conclusion 193
Bibliography 201
Index 219
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