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Bridewealth and Dowry : Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology - Jack Goody

Bridewealth and Dowry

Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology

Paperback Published: 18th February 1974
ISBN: 9780521098052
Number Of Pages: 178

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Bridewealth and dowry have certain obvious similarities in that they both involve the transmission of property at marriage, the usual interpretation suggesting that what distinguishes them is the direction in which the property travels - in the case of bridewealth, from the husband and his kin to the wife and her kin, and in the case of dowry, vice versa. The authors of these 1973 papers criticise this interpretation as oversimplified, and analyse the two institutions in the contexts of Africa, with its preponderance of bridewealth, and South Asia, where dowry is the commoner institution. Dr Goody seeks to explain these geographical differences in terms of the basic structure of the societies and the rules governing the inheritance of property. Dr Tambiah considers these institutions in India, Ceylon and Burma as two kinds of property transfer, examining Indian juridical concepts, and relating these to the concepts and practices of Ceylon and Burma.

Bridewealth and dowry in Africa and Eurasia
Dowry and bridewealth and the property rights of women in South Asia
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ISBN: 9780521098052
ISBN-10: 052109805X
Series: Cambridge Papers in Social Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 178
Published: 18th February 1974
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.27