Thus the son of a highly re- spected but impoverished traditional-medicinal doctor was given three wives for bridewealth payments well below average, largely on account of the old man's ven- erable status. And, indeed, even the interesting question to which they both allude-why the behaviour of modern humans does not seem to be designed to maximize fitness-is best answered by trying to isolate the environmental and social cues that guide reproductive decision-making. I live part-time in East Africa, and I’m not a big fan of either Presidents Nelson or Oaks. The nature and quantity of bridewealth payments vary enormously. '~stimated from amounts reportedly sold by all members of thehousehold. Finally, we should not maintain too strong a distinction between the bridewealth proper and contingent prestations. The economics of imperfect information. The following section gives a brief sketch of Kipsigis society and history and the methods of the study. The bride's parents are primarily responsible for the negotiation and final acceptance of the bridewealth offer of a potential son-in-law (for details of the negotia- tion process, see Borgerhoff Mulder 1988). Traditional marriage was not recognized by the gov’t in Ghana (where I was primarily). In short, why are costs sometimes more readily paid for radios than for wives? I also think that this parental con- cern is not recent, though in an economically less differentiated society the qualities desired may have been prestige, lineage, possession of socially relevant skills, courage, and character. [LC], -. It consists of a series of choices to solve some recurrent issues, and one important one in any culture is how to create a situation in which the next generation will be generated, i.e. Low socioeconomic status and female-biased pa- rental investment: The Mukogodo example. I think that a dynamic, and creative interpretation of history would have been, a very important tool for understanding the concept of, "Variations in the size of the payment result in part, from each party's seeking to maximize some value, be, it material, social, or political, often at the expense of, the other." The magnitude of bridewealth differentials in incipi- ent elite marriages fails to match those of the Gusii, where payments sometimes differ by an order of magni- tude according to the status of the intermarrying fami- lies (Hakansson 19goa). New Haven: Human Relations Area Files at Yale University. MS. RAD CLIFFE-BROWN, A. R. 1950. Thus I propose that this bridewealth differen- tial must be due to decisions by grooms that more edu- cated women are worth more. Most inconsequential, this can generate situations in which substitutions are made for the bride- wealth payment. Many African societies allocate resource distribution for both production and consumption purposes, based on lineage, kinship, gender, and age groups (Dankelman and Davidson 1988). 1985. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Marriage and high fertility have thus been demographic threads of this network (see Caldwell1977, Kamuzora 1987). Being a convert, I can bear witness from my own life experience that being born in the covenant is no small matter. Societies (or populations) in which female fertility (or labour)is differently valued (e.g.,highllow)might be expected to show different patterns of covariation (positivelabsent) between the size of the bridewealth payment and the locally appropriate indicator of a woman's ability to provide these services (Borgerhoff Mulder 1988:fig. There are increasing difficulties in dating menarche to the year preceding clitoridectomy because of the ten- dency of young women pursuing education to defer their initiation ceremony until they finish primary school. In this case we’re contrasting the social stigma of breaking tradition with the effects on fornication, marriage, going on missions and so forth. Low bridewealth and plentiful girls might be expected to reduce male age at marriage. These features are mostly likely im- plicated in the greater conservatism in family affairs ob- served in communities such as Abosi. As maize became a cash commodity, women con- tinued to maintain responsibility for its cultivation, but control over the valuable maize surpluses (the prime generator of cash) fell largely into the hands of men. (Traditionally such pregnancies drew dire supernatural consequences; when they did occur [reportedly rarely] the suspected father was pressured into making a bridewealth offer as soon as the pregnancy was detected, thus concealing the incident [see Borgerhoff Mulder I9881.) Concurrently the district popu- lation density rose from an estimated 58-78/km2 (Pil- grim 1961:33) to 103/km2 in 1962, 15g/km2 in 1979, zzg/km2 in 1988, and (a projected) z67/km2 in 1993 (Pil- grim 1961, Daniels 1980, Kericho District Development Plan 1993). I I. Year of marriageFIG. In the past, African women in some societies retained a measure of control over their bridewealth which economically empowered her to a certain extent. Critical Theories: Marxist, Conflict, and Feminist. Indeed, even Comaroff (1980:3) recognizes that the economic perspective offers the most fertile source of explanations for marriage payments. A good wife is the best investment any man can ever make. The excess of marriageable women in this popu- lation is derived logically from the concept of a popula- tion pyramid; in growing populations there are propor- tionately more younger than older people. Bridewealth and Its Correlates: Quantifying Changes Over Time, No tags found. These developments, stimulated high levels of polygyny and elevated bride-, wealth payments. Indeed, this is my point: that mar- ital strategies are intricately linked to a whole gamut of external circumstances, including demographic factors. Cer- tainly, there are already signs in studies of nonhumans that behavioural ecology is providing avenues for the sharing of ideas between fields as distinct as molecular genetics, community ecology, animal behaviour, and, most recently, conservation biology. Nowhere in their job description (being called by God) is there anything about understanding nuances of culture. Toward a theory of marriage: The economicanthropology of marriage transactions. In summary, the results presented in fig. Why African Cultures Need To Let Go Of ... “Bridewealth is not about purchasing the woman- it’s just a gift to the parent’s of the woman ... even in modern Sub-Saharan African societies. Edited by S. B. Stichter and J. L. Parpart, pp. Consider Panaca, Nevada. Edited by E. van de Walle. 6. I too think this is an important component of the study. Bridewealth and bride's education (n = 200). Stockholm Studies in Social Anthropology 19. Is such sociological analysis of those matters available somewhere?. Thus I maintain that when examined within appropriate temporal and spatial frames price does reflect demand, even though the general level of bridewealth is affected by multiple factors. Here we investigate whether participation in simple warfare is associated with increased reproductive success among the Nyan-gatom, an East African pastoralist society. Indeed, it was partly Dixit's, own writings on the changing institution of dowry in, India that inspired my interest in bridewealth as a dy-. Her publications include (with T. M. Caro) "The Use of Quantitative Observational Techniques in Anthropology" (CA 26:jzj-351, "On Cultural and Reproductive Success: Kipsigis Evidence" (American Anthropolo- gist 89:617-341, "The Polygyny-Fertility Hypothesis: New Evi- dence from the Kipsigis of Kenya" (Population Studies 43385- 3041, "Behavioural Ecology of Humans: Studies of Foraging and Reproduction," in Behavioural Ecology, 3d edition, edited by. 1989b. Even though, as in the case of Bukoba District, a price is stated and negotiations (sometimes resembling haggling) are conducted to settled sum, there are still questions about the accuracy of reporting and about that sum as the bride-price. My general theme indeed is that marriage is a very cultural thing, and that we all have to work to fit in the eternal side of it in our own personal and cultural ways, and a one-sided definition is never sufficient. can compete with bridewealth expenditures only insofar as wives are viewed as con- sumption items. 1988. We have been working in Sierra Leone since 1996 and are currently working in Port Loko, Tonkolili District and in the Freetown/Western Area. Kipsigis men and women are acutely aware of the growing numbers of unmarried mothers. SCHNEIDER, H. K. 1964. Markets and hierarchies, analysis and antitrust im- plications: A study in the economics of internal organization. B., AND H. KAPLAN. @Need citation. Because of this, bridewealth is still little understood, and research is mired in essentialist debates about the real nature of bridewealth-whether it is, for example, a symbolic transaction, an economic compensation, or a legal in- strument. [LC]. mercial social values to produce new ideas, practices, and institutions. In short, I think that predictions about the design of behaviour-how, for ex- ample, men's preferences for women (and vice versa] are affected by changes in the division of labour-are as cen- tral to an evolutionary understanding of human behav- iour as studies that focus simply on the fitness conse- quences (Borgerhoff et al, n.d.1. While this result suggested that men pay more for women of potentially high reproductive perfor- mance, people's views about the relative attractiveness of women with hiah fertility are likely to reflect cultur- ally specific idea& pertaining to fakily size that are themselves affected by socioeconomic conditions (Borg- erhoff Mulder I 988:78). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Borgerhoff Mulder's study is an excellent example of the use of comparative quantitative and statistical methods to examine the changing correlates of marriage pay- ments in a particular social and economic context, on the assumption that negotiated bridewealth reflects compromises of the costs and benefits of the anticipated marriage to each party. DONHAM, DONALD L. 1981. Social change in adolescent sexual behavior, mate selection, and pre- marital pregnancy rates in a Kikuyu community. "Pastoral values among vulnerable peas- ants," in Predicting sociocultural change. It was difficult being completely without support from my family on my wedding day, but I would not trade my Sealing in the temple, & our children being born in the covenant, to do it any other way. It is complex, among other things, in terms of the meaning and the measurement of the amount paid as bride-price. Edited by J. Davison, pp. This is probably because the pro- cesses of modernization and socioeconomic differentia- tion are not as advanced in Abosi as, for example, in other parts of Kericho District or among the Gusii, Ki- kuyu, and other highland populations. HARRELL, s., AND S. A. DICKEY. This shift in the covariates of bridewealth over time may similarly point to a devaluation of women's produc- tive work in cash-earning activities, reflecting larger. Given these constraints, I think she has done an admirable job. Is it a complex social issue with no easy answers on how to resolve? In a similar vein, wealthy families in this area are no longer demanding high pay- ments in cattle and cash for their daughters and may be trying to reserve resources for other uses, possibly even to accumulate land (as in two unusual cases in which bridewealth was paid in land [see below]). Borgerhoff Mulder's paper places many social struc- tural factors in the background in order to highlight cer- tain processes of change. Given this, it seems to me that Betzig's and Voland's worries about whether the Kipsigis are still behaving in ways that maximize their fitness is not really relevant. Nearly half (45 percent) of poor black children live in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty, but only a little more… "Changing patterns of bridewealth among the Kikuyu of East Africa," in A century of change in Eastern Africa. Traditional marriages are completely accepted, except in urban areas. BORGERHOFF MULDER, M., N. W. THORNHILL, E. VOLAND, AND P. J. RICHERSON. An alliance may arise even when rights to the bride are transferred to the highest bidder, but the acceptance of that high bid reduces the probability of alliance. SMITH, E. A., AND B. WINTERHALDER. What remains, per- haps, is a thirst for knowledge on how things may con- tinue to develop; most of us will look forward to, Borgerhoff Mulder's next updating report in ten years or, so. Square F of F, Main effects 13.721 Age at menarche 13.055 Marital distance 25.025 Husband's wealtha 11.687 Husband's education 5.240 ~x~lained~ 13.721 Total 3.655. aBroken into two categories only.b~ride'seducation could not be examined because of sample re-striction (for assessing age at menarche) to brides educated up tostandard 5 only. First, I cannot accept that the logic of optimality does not apply to bridewealth just because Bell and Song (1994) have "proven bride-takers always lose." in Bridewealth: Changing Patterns over Time. Fur- thermore, for 33% of this subsample who were directly questioned about date of first menses and interval to initiation I was able to confirm that clitoridectomy had been precipitated by first menses within the preceding 11 months. 67-92. Also, it serves as a tool against easy divorce. After all, the Church’s track record in dealing with Africans is ‘less than perfect’. Women too have been marrying later (median 18.0 years) in the past decade than they did four decades ago (16.0years), and the delay is due not to later age at clitoridectomy (the crucial menarcheal initiation ceremony preceding marriage) but to a longer waiting period between initiation and marriage. By expanding the ana- lytic focus beyond marriages amongst the rich and edu- cated, these results expose a new and more complex re- lationship between bridewealth and status. 55-87. The economic institutions of capitalism: Firms, markets, relational contracting. Culture is not sacrosanct, can change and has to change with the times. In the past, African women in some societies retained a measure of control over their bridewealth, which economically empowered her to a certain extent. American Anthropologist 6x34-57. Yet the strategies of lower- and middle-ranking families can be critical to the transfor- mation of marriage systems if they can achieve socio- economic mobility and valuable affinal links through the placement of their daughters. At the theoretical level, rational-action models are increasingly being incorporated into studies of institutional change (Smith, Aunger, Irons), again a central concern in an- thropology. Bride-price reconsidered: CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY 18:441-58. As Borgerhoff Mulder says, trends like these "point to the utility of the maximization assumption" and "high- light the ability of humans to update constantly their appraisals of the costs and benefits associated with dif- ferent behavioral strategies." Here I think he fails to appreciate that marriage in Abosi does not operate as a market (see Aunger's comments on this)j there is no reason to believe that with each transaction equilibrium is reached. However, her data contradict this conclusion, since "the cash value increase in bride- wealth for educated women . less maize is being sold to the national marketing bdard and for a mucg lower price. Parts of the analysis benefited from presentation at the Bay Area Colloquium on Population (UC Berkeley) and the Human Behavior and Evolution Meetings (Ann Arbor, 1994) Margaret George Crarner, Tom Fricke, Thomas Ha- kansson, Suad Joseph, Ronald Lee, and Alexandra Wilson offered valuable critiques of an earlier draft. Nairobi: Kenya Litera- ture Bureau. The aggressive spread of market economics and communication technologies - often under the control of Western multinationals - brings new challenges to local cultures and values in Africa and other non-Western societies. The study area consists of two adjacent clusters of sublocations within Abosi Location (Kericho District) and Moitanik East Location (Narok District) and is com- monly referred to as Abosi, after a hill of that name. Those marriages were legitimate and were respected by God. BAILEY, ROBERT c., AND ROBERT AUNGER. Polioudakis 1993)~ we, will learn some important things about the forces de-, termining variation in marital transactions. Sample based on all marriages with data on wealth of intermarrying families/spouses, irrespective of whether bridewealth payment was ascertained. As regards economic status, there was no evi- dence that children of wealthy households intermarried more than would be expected by chance. Borgerhoff Mulder's report of a single bridewealth payment at marriage for all of the bride's future productive and reproductive services suggests that sexually transmitted diseases are nearly absent in the Abosi population and uncertainty about women's fertility consequently lower. Prior to 1982 high bridewealth was paid for women who reached menarche relatively early (Borgerhoff Mulder 1988); these women enjoy longer reproductive life spans and higher fertility than do later maturers (Borgerhoff Mulder 1989). Our church service could use more African culture: drums and other local instruments, better hymns, more native dress, etc. My data do not speak directly to that issue; they point to the declining reproductive and eco- nomic value of women but do not suggest that wives are being acquired for other reasons, since women's re- productive and economic services are still important.]. Indeed, some Kikuyu wife giv- ers help pay for the secondary education of a prospective groom; this is almost equivalent to a dowry. If the cost, of generating new information is high, individuals tend, simply to imitate each other's beliefs rather than think, the matter through from scratch; nor do they conduct, experiments to sample the current environment. This is not a narrow accomplishment of interest, only to bridewealth specialists, for bridewealth is and, has long been of central concern to anthropology. Employed Gusii women also put pressure on husbands to pay their families contingent prestations such as school fees. But contra Donham, who went on to argue that maximization models were power- less to explain historical change, a growing number of analyses successfully use rational-choice models to illu- minate history (e.g., North 1981, Taylor 1988, Wade 1987). The question remains whether there is the political will at the African Union, the United Nations, and among former colonial powers to move beyond the colonial-style desire to merely suppress or perhaps eliminate overt violence. Indi- vidual plots were still being registered in 1991 (40 years after the Swynnerton Plan), reflecting a disregard for, lack of interest in, or ignorance of national policies noted also in an adjacent area by Daniels (1980:70). In addition to the bride price are there marriage traditions about families paying for certain parts of the wedding? Depending on whether the educated belief that children are not property becomes dominant, then, the neoinstitutional economic perspective will predict one or the other solution to the increased transaction-cost problem. In this respect, then, the significant finding from the present study is that the qualities that we value in our marital partners are highly responsive to a wide array of social, political, and eco- nomic factors. Among the Mukogodo and their neigh- bors, in contrast, it is the poor men who pay more. A group may be willing to forgo the maximal wealth offer in order to forge an alliance with a particular set of wife takers. American Ethnologist 1:129-42. My impression is that in communities such as Abosi wives are viewed as having both productive and consump- tion value. Un- like many other eastern and southern Africans, Kipsigis do not view particular brothers and sisters as linked through bridewealth, nor is there any indication of such specific dependencies in their kinship terminology. The Kipsigis of Abosi are responding to 20th-century developments within their economy and sexual division of labour and should be studied accordingly.13. The present paper was submitted in final form, Economic approaches to the study of bridewealth pro-, vide many insights into the form, content, and meaning, of these transactions (Gray 1960, Schneider 1964, Singer, 1973, Laughlin 1974, Spiro 1975, Turton 1980, Haanstad, and Borgerhoff Mulder n.d.). Thus, cultural norms, or tradition-bound rules for various prac-, tices, can arise. While lauding the Africans for their family orientation, Nelson denounced the custom of bridewealth, arguing that it does not square with the practice of the gospel; in fact Dallin Oaks had done so before him in a talk about gospel culture. But my main point is that there is preciously little reason to be so negative about bridewealth in the first place. DIXIT, v. 1991. Accordingly, it may be that even knowing “something about the multiple cultures he has addressed” this use of example is culturally insensitive in multiple cultures. Class and economic change in Kenya. Future analyses will tackle the question of maximization more broadly, investigating, for example, how individuals al- locate resources between acquiring wives (bridewealth) and other activities, and through modelling will deter- mine the fitness outcomes associated with various allo- cation decisions. Finally, I note the distinction between a woman's value (as used here) and the broader study of women's status (however defined [see, for example, Schlegel 1977:8-9; Oboler 1985 :305-131). Boulder: Westview Press. The neoinstitutional economic approach has already been adopted by a number of anthropologists, particu- larly in the context of economic development, which often involves institutional change (Acheson 1994, Nabli and Nugent 1989). Iournal of Anthropological Research 41231-62. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and dower.While bride price or bride service is a payment by the groom or his family to the bride's parents, dowry is the wealth transferred from the bride's family to the groom or his family, ostensibly for the bride. African history is replete with all the dynamic of any other corpus of historical experience. Comaroff, pp. There has been a marked change in how both age at menarche and marital distance are associated with bridewealth. A year or two ago, I received an email from a branch president requesting more net so he could marry. For most North Atlantic countries, American as well as European, the critique on bridewealth sounds reasonable: Why should one have to pay for a bride? 3))although in patterns that differ in temporal persistence. There is, however, a tendency, toward lower bridewealths for brides from average and rich families in the past decade (1982-91) (F1,196= 3.56, p = 0.061). Thus the contribution of this arti- cle is ultimately the relevation of the difficulties of do- ing this kind of analysis. The relation between individual and society is very close. The average household head in Abosi (table I) owns 14 acres and 13 livestock units. The data in table 2 confirm this conclusion: earnings from maize are contribut- ing less income than earnings from local marketing of other produce and from off-farm employment, both ac- tivities pursued almost exclusively by men2, Among Kipsigis a single bridewealth payment is made at the time of marriage with no formal expectation of protracted or return payments. 576 1 CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Volume 36, Number 4, August-October 1995TABLE 2, Changes in Percentage of Income from the Economic, Sex-specificSource of Income 15182-83b 1991 Responsibility, Sale of surplus milk 57 25 Primarily women, Sale of vegetables, 5 12 Men's participation, 'Data from interviews with household heads and their wives. Price is a function of either how much the groom's party is willing to pay or how low the bride's party is willing to go or (most likely) some combination of the two. So what is the difference between the dowry and the bride price? Causes of poverty 2. 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