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Title:Negotiating love and marriage in contemporary Senegal: a good man is hard to find
Authors:Hannaford, Dinah
Foley, Ellen E.ISNI
Year:2015
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Volume:58
Issue:2
Pages:205-225
Language:English
Geographic term:Senegal
Subjects:women
livelihoods
marriage
Link:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/asr.2015.44
Abstract:In Senegal, love, respect, and compatibility have historically figured into marital calculations, yet prospective husbands must also provide material support. After decades of stagnant economic growth, good providers are hard to find. In this article the authors examine two strategies that women employ in an attempt to achieve economic security: nonmarital sex and transnational marriage. Though recent anthropological literature proposes a global transition toward companionate marriage, evidence from Dakar suggests that Senegalese women are prioritizing short-term material gain over longer-term projects of social reproduction. Transnational marriage and nonmarital sexual relationships illuminate women's new strategies to stabilize their social positions in increasingly precarious times. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]
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