Bartered Brides: Politics, Gender and Marriage in an Afghan by Nancy Tapper

By Nancy Tapper

Bartered Brides is a close learn of marriage one of the Maduzai, a tribal society in Afghan Turkistan. it's the first learn of the realm which seems intensive at either the family points of marriage and its relation to the effective and reproductive actions of ladies, in addition to marriage as a method of handling political and monetary clash and festival. The fieldwork was once conducted within the early Seventies ahead of the 1978 coup and Soviet invasion. during this admire the publication bargains a different account of an international that has disappeared. Nancy Tapper offers either female and male views, specified case stories and historic and statistical fabric. As an ethnographic and old list, Bartered Brides breaks new floor within the research of Islam, the center East and South-west Asia. because the so much particular and vast dialogue of a center japanese marriage process so far, it contributes to wider anthropological experiences of marriage, politics and gender.

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He does not describe a system in which there is the continuous interplay of alternative values that characterizes the Durrani ideology of control as it is expressed through marriage and other exchanges. However, the Durrani example does seem to suggest a further type of value maintenance of comparable importance. Historical evidence shows the institution of marriage and the exchange system as a whole to be responsive to social and environmental changes, while cross-culturally, different Pashtun peoples from Swat to Sistan would seem to use the same ideology of control to define and support ostensibly very different social structures.

A woman's sexual modesty, and a man's honour as it resides in the women for whom he is responsible, is a quality which is determined by agnation, and is not transferable. Following the Leach (1957)/Fallers (1957)/Lewis (1962) hypothesis concerning the determinants of marriage stability, one expects marriage ties in societies conforming to model A to be unstable, since agnatic ties of men and women are comparable in strength. In practice, in the Middle Eastern literature, there is an unfortunate lack of data on marriage stability, whether the incidence of divorce or of separation; but in those societies which in other respects seem to be best Comparative perspectives on marriage 17 understood in terms of Model A, it is frequently reported that there is no particular stigma attached to divorce, which often follows simple domestic quarrels or personality clashes between spouses or co-wives, while more serious offences such as adultery by the wife may lead to divorce or to her death at the hands of agnates.

39). On the other hand, in interpersonal exchanges of goods, services and information, ethnic barriers are normally lowered. Members of all groups meet in the Saripul marketplace, although even there, a tendency to localize exists; otherwise, although outsiders rarely venture into the mountains alone, in the Saripul vicinity there is considerable mobility of labour and trade between different ethnic groups. As for the Pashtun nomads, passing the length of the region, they maintain a complex chain of transactions involving goods and information.

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