| Times & Seasons Nairobi: Kenya Litera- ture Bureau. The sig- nificance of women's reproductive and labour value as a determi- nant of the size of bridewealth payments has declined over the past decade. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. 5. B. In the study site there are three primary schools offering standards 1-7 (since reorganization 1-8). The Hague: Mouton. 1985. Unless one aims at being a sect or cult, exactly the image we are eschewing. TAMBIAH, S. J. As is common in much of East Africa, first marriages are paid for by the groom's father and subsequent marriages by the groom himself, although nowadays employed sons contribute to their first mar-. Unfortunately, I do not think that I can attribute the low proportion of explained variance in bridewealth levels to high transaction and/or informa- tion costs or to uncertain information. Evolutionary economics of human repro- duction. These "bridewealth" payments also confirm the legitimacy of a union and its progeny (Radcliffe-Brown, 1950). CURRENT Volume 36, Number 3, June 1995 ANTHROPOLOGY, O 1995 by The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. A good account of how the wealth of a potential son-in-law affects bridewealth demands was given by a man of medium wealth, discussing with me his daughter's impending marriage: "I will not ask too much for the son of Kipmogoriot (pseudonym for a rich man), for fear of frightening him off; after all, it is good to have a rich bamoru. and a local cooverative has bee; formed to deliver mdrning milk to thi marketing board; men retain their traditional exclusive rights to morning milk and the cash thereby generated. Kipsigis women's labour contribution had always been important to men, since men traditionally settled their wives at various locations in order to enhance live- stock productivity and reduce the risk of losing the total herd from disease or theft (Peristiany 1939). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Department of Anthropology and Department of. Institutions, institutional change, and economic performance. 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. 588 1 CURRENT ANTHROPOLOGY Volume 36, Number 4, August--October 1995CAVEATS FOR THE QUANTITATIVE CORRELATIONAL APPROACH. The bankruptcy solution is not worldwide and even in the US does not provide a get out of debt solution to taxes or student debt. [EAS]. African customary law is controversial. Indeed, they seem to have been taken to the cleaners. New York: Ath- lone Press. All three countries know the system, to some extent. Yes, if needed it can be really bare bones, but there are also bridezilla’s. Such may include economic and social factors. Ethnos 15:145-65. We see this unfortunate process here when Borgerhoff Mulder sug- gests that the higher level of bridewealth given for brides with secondary education "provides statistical support for the almost unanimous view among Kipsigis that these high payments repay the bride's parents for the costs of her schooling." 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). [RA]. Two components of the socioeconomic status of part- ners entering a marriage are assessed separately. BAILEY, ROBERT c., AND ROBERT AUNGER. Brian, in the United States we used to have a custom where a man could give a large sum of money to another man in order to purchase the exclusive right to demand unpaid servitude from a 3rd human being. Bridewealth, women, and land. Because most African societies value women's productive and reproductive potentials, men and their families are expected to pay money or goods to the woman's family. Within approximately 45 km of Abosi there are three other sec- ondary schools and two hospitals. Dressler (1995) uses the method first to characterize local values and then to study stress in relation to individual attainment of those values. Paren- thetically, these findings challenge the utility of the view of some evolutionary psychologists that the adap- tive responses that humans evince can best be viewed as responses to problems that manifested themselves in Pleistocene conditions (e.g., Tooby and Cosmides 1989: 40). MS. RAD CLIFFE-BROWN, A. R. 1950. Each, marriage was categorized as of one of five types: groom and bride (a) both secondary-educated, (b) both primary-educated, (c) both uneducated, (d) groom more highly educated than bride, (e)bride, more highly educated than groom, Marriages between, secondary-educated spouses (a) are plotted against all, other cases (b-e). 101).Age at menarche classified as 12-14 years, 15-16 years, and 17-19 years. Fur- thermore, I have proven that when benefit-cost logic is imposed upon this process, bride takers appear always to lose, regardless of the level of bridewealth. There is and has long been a vast difference between the prospects of an American heart surgeon getting out of debt while supporting a large family and the prospects of many others for getting out of debt while supporting a large family. SKINNER, G. W. 1993. NAGASHIMA, N. 1982. The Free African Society, founded in 1787, was a benevolent organization that held religious services and provided mutual aid for "free Africans and their descendants" in Philadelphia.The Society was founded by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones.It was the first Black religious institution in the city and led to the establishment of the first independent Black churches in the United States. The informal ways of just living together till the bride wealth can be paid, is one of them. Behavioral ecologists examine behaviors that consti- tute social practices informed by culture, but the link to culture is rarely articulated or probed. Beyond the study area I heard of similar cases of friendly well-to-do families' practically dispensing with bridewealth, notably amongst the relatively rich small-scale tea-producing families of Kericho town. Not sure anybody made the claim that there is a single African culture? HIRSHLEIFER, JACK, AND JOHN G. RILEY. 1993. As a result, the need for marriage ceremonies has all but disappeared. Year of marriageFIG. When people marry out of the local community it is usually into a village in which close kin (either matrilateral or patrilateral] reside, com- monly a village from which the family originally emi- grated. Given, of course, in principle in all cultures, that a man and a woman are faithful to their committed relationship. The article reconsiders the conflict ma… GUYER, J. LANCASTER, J. The Federal Republic of Nigeria or "Nigeria" for short, remains the baby giant of Africa. Among the Mukogodo and their neigh- bors, in contrast, it is the poor men who pay more. In a similar vein, Oboler reports for, the Nandi that with a new source of family income from, cash cropping men brought new tracts of land under cul-, tivation, and their wives spent more time in the fields, [1985:229). Often, at least, diversity reigns. Edited by E. van de Walle. Some people are more aggressive in their views and more black/white in their thinking that myself. Borgerhoff Mulder is wrong in asserting that high bridewealth pay- ments secure alliance; the contrary is true. Clark is correct: my point is that blanket condemnation is not the way to treat foreign cultures. Year of marriageFIG. For education, by contrast, there is assortative marriage [all data combined in table 41 reflecting 'intermarriage among secondary-, married by secondaw-educated men, and a similar bias is found among men:7 Educational isogamy reflects two. Maximands are tools. 1960. Edited by M. Fortes, pp. Rather than being passive, so- cieties have adapted through a strategy of mutual obliga- tion and a large web of secure alliances, consanguineal and affinal. The Free African Society, founded in 1787, was a benevolent organization that held religious services and provided mutual aid for "free Africans and their descendants" in Philadelphia.The Society was founded by Richard Allen and Absalom Jones.It was the first Black religious institution in the city and led to the establishment of the first independent Black churches in the United States. 1989. It seems LDS members, irregardless of cultural background, have personal choices to make about marriage involving the temple and their society’s expectation. Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. 98195, U.S.A. 15 11 95. Median ages at marriage for both sexes were established through survival analysis. Cambridge: Univer- sity of Cambridge Press. Thank you for elaborating. If anything, the value transferred before marriage is an expression of the importance of the woman. Sample based on all marriages with data on education of intermarrying spouses, irrespective of whether bridewealth payment was ascertained. She has been able to show that 18-22% of the variance in bridewealth can be explained by models based on sup- ply of and demand for women and their economic and reproductive services and, at the same time, the supply of and demand for men and the wealth and affinal con- nections they bring to a marriage. Second, employment is seen as a somewhat temporary arrange- ment; a crisis at home, for example, will keep a man from work, often rendering him susceptible to dismissal. Like many East African pastoral societies (Schneider 1979)~the Orma have historically had a high rate of po- lygyny and high bridewealth. Nelson set some realistic goals for the bride price? The figures for Kenya population are from the cited and most recent source. D. Bridewealth is the exchange of gifts from the bride and her kin to the groom's kin. [LB], LANGLOIS, RICHARD N. Editor. We see more young girls getting into trouble [i.e.,getting pregnant] but there's nobody to pay the bridewealth." So I ‘organised’ a little very informal focus group discussion, about what their views as educated and relatively successful urban dwelling women were on the ‘lobola’ (brideprice) issue. Furthermore, as modernizing influences on rural communities continue to enhance individual choice and social mobility, the economic considerations surrounding marriage become increasingly crucial (Bossen 1988:143, 134; Rao 1993). There are several advantages to this quantitative correla- tional approach. References CitedACHESON, JAMES M. Editor. 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. for the Gusii. An emerging low evaluation of women's ag- ricultural work has been noted in many rural African communities (Guyer 1984:30; White 1984: 59). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. POLIOUDAKIS, E. J. Bridewealth is the broader term that allows but does not require a gift component; this component is not part of bride-price. For outsiders all foreign customs are weird. Frankly, behavioral ecologists are able to make accurate predictions only to a limited de- gree. It is a good bargaining ploy for the wife giver, and it sanitizes ava- rice. History of Africa, Revised Edition by Kevin Shillington 3. [RA]. In these cases, the difference between bridewealth and the market price becomes a gift to the wife takers. Why is this? In sum, on my limited knowl-, edge of neoinstitutional economic theory I cannot see, how it would generate very different findings from those, that I have reported for the Abosi study. work on Kipsigis bridewealth payments (I988, I 989), constitutes the finest single body of work on the causes, of variations in bridewealth payments within a single, society. Both bride and groom stand in some debt to their families, linked as they are to the larger whole by a series of mutual obligations. If marriages between wealthy families are dropped (meanvalue marked by arrows), the pattern does not diverge in terms of conventional levels of statistical significance from the full sample. Econo- mists lum~ these under the rubric of transaction costs. 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. Learning how people of each gender are expected to behave is a key part of growing up in any society. The parents of a couple always address each other with the reciprocal terms of respect and friendship (bamoru for men, batiem for women), the latter term (also used for a grandmother) implying great tenderness. Sooner or later, but with predictable regularity, this central problem emerges from every Darwinian research project on human behavioral adaptations. 1992. [RA] SINGER, A. But value in whose eyes? No consideration is given for the right of the woman to refuse. Clearly it is secondary education rather than education per se that enhances the value. Indeed, the variations of the, process and payment of bridewealth observed by Borger-, hoff Mulder could be taken as evidence of these alliance. New York: Norton. Few of them get educated for a job. These practices are tremendously important to know how humans act and interact with each other. Consequently, many families are turning to the vrofitable sale of milk. Observa- tions, albeit controversial, that dowry is emerging in previously bridewealth-paying communities of southern India reveal that such shifts in the source of payment can occur; in Karnataka families struggle to educate their daughters and to furnish them with enormous dowries with the manifest aim of attracting superior husbands (Caldwell, Reddy, and Caldwell 1983, Dixit 1991). Ab- osi and, indeed, all of the southern fringe of the district also lag in terms of education, transport, employment opportunities, and health care (Kericho District Devel- opment Plan 1993). -. Kipsigis believe that such instances (effectively "indirect dowry") will become more common, since wife takers will often pre- fer to give land to the incoming wife (for her use and that of her children-their grandchildren) rather than to sell land to raise cash for a bridewealth payment. Accuracy is affected by the fact that payment is in most cases made in installments, even after death of a spouse, that it is a combination of money and kind, and that the payer changes over time with the groom's employment opportunities. Is there any evidence of status isogamy on either of these criteria? 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). It is difficult for me to agree that "the relative importance of each of these fac- tors [i.e., care for an offspring's future happiness, negoti- ation, and threat of disinheritance] is not affected by socioeconomic considerations in any obvious way.". Since many anthropol- ogists are hostile to analyses of this sort, I think we can count on its being criticized for leaving a large portion, of the variance unexplained. • Conclude with a stand point. n.d. "Bride- price," in Encyclopedia of cultural anthropology. HAKANS SO N, T. 1988. Rather, I question the utility of excluding consideration of the spe- cifics of contemporary conditions in the study of adaptive variation in behavioural expression (see Borgerhoff Mulder et al. It is a strange discipline indeed in which the author of as fine a piece of work as this feels a need to wrap her presentation up in a defense of quantitative methods. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. African marriages, throughout, are bridewealth marriages: one ‘pays’ for a bride. Economic performance through time. Furthermore, it only takes a second on Google to turn up many academic articles that link bride price and female genital mutilation. Clearly, comparisons must control for changing external conditions; this is one reason for restricting covariation analyses to ten-year time blocks. ~irit, secondary-educated young men and women sometimes marry friends that they make at (boarding) school. This study and others like it can eventually allow us to evaluate the more general class of rational decision- making models. He is a wonderful man. London: Oxford University Press. Given the above considerations of complex meaning and the probable difficulty of establishing the quantum value of the bride-price (and its ddference from bridewealth), probably only an ethnographic rather than a statistical study is worthwhile. First, livestock, an important component of wealth, suffer high mortality, with European mixed stock being susceptible to East Coast fever, anaplasmosis, foot-and- mouth disease, and Lamprecht's skin disease; dipping facilities protecting livestock against tick-borne diseases are available but do not offer reliable service. Payments for secondary wives are highly variable: some are very high because of the wealth of the suitor; some are very low because of the higher incidence of pregnant women or unmarried mothers in this category (see similarly for the Sebei [Goldschmidt 19741); controlling for these factors shows no overall influence of marital status per se. This amount was divided by the number of co-wives married to the bride/groomls father; the rationale for this stems from the house-property system, in which co-wives en- joy considerable economic autonomy from one another and sons inherit only from their mothers' houses (see Borgherhoff Mulder I987, I990). Our North-Atlantic way of organizing ourselves around the gospel is not the only way, neither in the Domestic Church, nor in the International one. 1987. This article, along with Borgerhoff Mulder's earlier. Smith's suggestion nevertheless highlights a problem with my study that is far more fundamental than his term "quibble" suggests. So the advice to the Kenyan members was not to follow the custom and marry without bridewealth payments. He also does not mention the connection between bride price and polygyny, or that by limiting divorce, the practice may support the long-term abuse of women. Indeed, we do not pay for a wife. 1993. Steward, pp. College Station, Tex. It is good to know that variations in, the size of the payment are an attempt to maximise, some values, but it would be better to know why some, A related area of investigation might have been whether the entire concept of maximising some value may not operate within the framework of parental anxi- ety to see their children happily settled. In other words, it may be a necessary but not a sufficient condition. Marital distance classified, as less than 4 km or 4 km or more. By looking at the locally relevant factors influencing individual actors' decisions, analyses such as these correct (as Worthman notes) the somewhat ob- sessive concern of earlier studies to prove adaptation. RETHERFORD, R. D. 1993. By 1935 parts of the "reserve" land were being fenced and privatized (Manners 196z:505), leading to the pattern of individualized landownership (with title deeds held by men) that became legally encoded in the Swynnerton Plan of 1954. 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). On this premise, I propose that quantitative, study of intracultural variability in bridewealth will re-, veal the critical qualities that parents seek in the. A question not answered here-or, to my satisfaction, anywhere-is: As we move into cash economies, what currencies are we maximiz- ing! Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiol- Ogy 27:255-64. These processes, which no doubt can co-occur, lead to the ex- clusion of men of lower economic and social standing from marriage into elite families. [RA], . While the delay for men is viewed as an economic necessity, that for women is seen as an unfortunate eventuality and may buttress the indigenous perception of a surfeit of girls well described by a mother of two teenage daughters: "I don't know what will happen to the girls of today. Insofar as reproductive, economic, and political services are transferred at marriage, key charac- teristics of the bride, the groom, and their families that influence the provision of each these services might be expected to affect the outcome of negotiations. Such models provide a very powerful approach from which anthropologists can draw inspiration and ideas. 1-47. As historians have frequently noted, this development led to increasing socioeconomic differenti- ation throughout much of the Kenyan highlands during the colonial era (Kitching 1982) and was particularly det- rimental to the economic position of women in rural areas (Davison 1988). 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. Others want to know whether fitness is being maximized in any human popu- lation (Betzig, VolandJ-an issue not addressed in this paper. The neoinstitutional economic framework general- izes the classical theory in two ways. hardly approaches the cost of four years' secondary education." J. R. Krebs and N. B. Davies (Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publica- tions, 1991); "Demography of Pastoralists: Preliminary Data on the Datoga of Tanzania" (Human Ecology zo:~-23); (with S. I. One indication, that bridewealth is not a commercial exchange is its, continued practice with modernisation: not even a, highly educated woman (and I have seen many, includ-, ing one with a Ph.D. making her husband in 1987 travel, all the away from America to Bukoba, Tanzania) would, ever marry without bridewealth. Mitchell) "Rough Waters between Genes and Culture: An Anthro, pological and Philosophical View on CoevolutionI1' in Biology and, Philosophy (in press), and (with D. W. Sellen) "Pastoralist Deci-, sion Making: A Behavioral Ecological Perspective," in African, Pastoralist Systems: An Integrated Approach, edited by E. Frat-, kin, K. A. Galvin, and E. A. Roth (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publi-, cations, in press). Seventy-three percent were checked for accuracy with both the givers and receivers of the bridewealth, and 85% of these were identical. In press. 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. A statistical ap- proach can, as in this case, identify outliers, but the sig- nificance of the outliers in reinforcing normative behav- iors may be missed. It is one thing to contemplate the hypothetical of not having had one’s loved children and quite another to contemplate family planning to make it reasonably possible to provide for children one does not yet have. aHouseholds surveyed as part of a time allocation study in1982-83 and revisited in 1991 (n= 98, n = 88, respectively).bTeacher, veterinary, doctor.CPolice, subchief, game officer, manager, clerk.d~attletrader, tobacco grower, delivery driver, mechanic, mason,builder, carpenter, shopworker, tailor, butcher.eTea plucker, livestock milker, watchman. Why hunter-gatherers work: An ancient ver- sion of the problem of public goods. Behavioral ecology has recently emerged as a sophisti- cated empirical endeavor including fine-grained field studies that examine behavior in relation to fitness pa- rameters such as age at maturity, reproductive success, and mortality (Smith and Winterhalder 1992). @Need citation. Since secondary-educated young men are likely to come from wealthy families whereas secondary-educated girls come from all socioeconomic ranks, the occurrence of endogamy for education but not for parental socioeconomic status is not inconsistent. @Brian. From the useful comparison with the highly stratified Mukogodo and Maasai communities studied by Cronk we begin to see general patterns. of children and grandchildren that cows, critical fat, and other goods flow. Those ‘cheap’ marriages will not be taken seriously, the members would lose any respectability and so would the Church. 1-28. In practice, bridewealth requirements do tend to make boys marry later and girls marry younger, that is correct. Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. 60208-1310, U.S.A. 31 I 95, The task Borgerhoff Mulder sets for herself in this paper is both very important and very difficult. [RA] SCHLEGEL, A. Aunger's comments concerning neoinstitutional eco- nomics are greatly appreciated, as my goal was clearly to situate the study of institutional change within an economic framework. The full cycles of exchanges include a number of persons. I do, however, have a couple of quibbles. This obviouslv does not describe the American stock karket, much liss the marriage market in Abosi (as Borgerhoff Mulder herself recognizes). Third, there is the problematic concept of value. If marriages between secondary-. "Women in the changing African family," in Af- rican women. A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts, or money at the marriage of a daughter (). I I. She uses the history of Kip-, sigis merely as background or to point out contrasts be-, tween past and present practices. For, example, on the basis of detailed ethnographic studies, of the emergence of marital elites in other East African, groups, I had anticipated that elites would both arrange, and use marital ties in different ways than nonelite fam-. "Poor" houses (in the terminology of the house-property system) can be characterized as having fewer than 5 acres, fewer than 5 livestock units, and a household head who resorts sporadically to wage labour. To what extent do human beings actu- ally make decisions in terms of perceived self-interest or in terms of some set of evaluations of possible out- comes for themselves and family members? 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. wives' labour not onlv became an ever more criti- cal productive asset but also'(most probably) fell increas- ingly under a husband's control, since men almost ex- clusively marketed cash surpluses. For example, by varying the parameter values pertaining to wealth, inheritance, and competitiveness, Rogers (19901 develops useful models of the conditions in which a psychology that seeks fewer children (valuing quality over quantity] is most fit. PERUSSE, D. 1993. Hopefully it balances out. 88-120. article demonstrates so well, it provides observable, quantifiable insights into so many different but interre-, lated issues, ranging from mate preferences to status hi-, erarchies to patterns of exchange. The foregoing analyses are based on the mechanical view that varia- tions in bridewealth payments result in part from the attempt of each party to maximize some utility (a value or service that may be material, social, or political) at the expense of the other. educated spouses are dropped (marked by arrows), the effect disappears, since most secondary-educated. For her part, she worries, about the statistical "noise" created by rare events, using the ex- ample of the extremely low bride-price paid for a highly educated young woman whose mother was implicated in witchcraft. Accepting such arrangements would destroy any pretense of the necessity for chastity or the Church’s ability to teach it to younger people who are not yet intending to marry. Data from the past ten years, however, show a statistical trend towards lower bridewealth for women from families of high and average economic status than for those from poor families (seeappendix, D);in other words, poor parents negotiate for a good price, whereas others are inclined to relinquish their daughters for small payments. Comaroff, pp. Anyang’ Nyong’o, P. 1991. Man- chester: Manchester University Press. I). The economic rationality of high fertil- ity: An investigation illustrated with Nigerian data. Women in poverty Also interesting are, the possible movement toward a greater emphasis on, dowry and the predicted association of marital transac-, tions with different social forms. This is, I think, an appropriate area in, which to supplement quantitative and statistical meth-, ods with a method capable of interpreting how historical, practices and institutions interact with emerging com-. 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