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Title:Sadio's choice: love, materialism, and consensual marriage in Bamako, Mali
Author:Whitehouse, BruceISNI
Periodical:Africa Today (ISSN 1527-1978)
Geographic term:Mali
romantic relationships
social change
External link:https://muse.jhu.edu/article/610769
Abstract:This article analyzes the public response to the story of a young woman who rejected her fiancÚ during her wedding ceremony in Bamako, Mali. Controversy over her actions revealed divergent opinions about the rights and responsibilities of individuals regarding marriage and spousal choice in contemporary Malian society, where economic insecurity, tense gender dynamics, and the demands of kin undermine young persons' aspirations for romantic fulfillment and companionate marriage. Using evidence from online discussion forums, ethnographic interviews, and focus-group discussions conducted in Bamako, this article explores the gap separating young Bamako residents' ideals of marriage from their lived realities. It finds that concerns about materialism in love and marriage are shared by young men and women alike, indicating deepening uncertainty over ongoing social change. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]