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Bartered Brides : Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society - Nancy Tapper

Bartered Brides

Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan Tribal Society

Hardcover Published: 25th March 2004
ISBN: 9780521381581
Number Of Pages: 336

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Bartered Brides is a detailed study of marriage among the Maduzai, a tribal society in Afghan Turkistan. It is the first study of the area which looks in depth at both the domestic aspects of marriage and its relation to the productive and reproductive activities of women, as well as marriage as a means of managing political and economic conflict and competition. The fieldwork was carried out in the early 1970s before the 1978 coup and Soviet invasion. In this respect the book offers a a unique account of a world that has disappeared. Nancy Tapper presents both male and female perspectives, detailed case studies and historical and statistical material. As an ethnographic and historical record, Bartered Brides breaks new ground in the study of Islam, the Middle East and Southwest Asia. As the most detailed and extensive discussion of a Middle Eastern marriage system to date, it contributes to wider anthropological studies of marriage, politics and gender.

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'... as a source of knowledge about marriage strategies and the many conflicts which these strategies obviously cause, it is informative and rich in ethnography ... impressive reading.' Nomadic Peoples

Personal background
Comparative perspectives on marriage
Regional background - the Durrani of Saripul
Social Groups and Marriage
Patriliny, gender and endogamy
The Maduzai subtribe
Household production and reproduction
Ideologies of equality and inequality
Brideprice and direct exchange
Rituals of marriage
Marriage choice
Case Studies and Structural Implications
The power at home
The marriages of Hajji Adam's descendants
Durrani marriage - conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521381581
ISBN-10: 0521381584
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th March 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66