The tent versus Lobola marriage : monetary intimacies and the new face of responsibility in Botswana

TitleThe tent versus Lobola marriage : monetary intimacies and the new face of responsibility in Botswana
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsDijk, R. Avan
Secondary TitleAnthropology Southern Africa
Volume40
Issue1
Pagination29 - 41
Date Published2017///
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsBotswana, marriage
Abstract

While it has become common knowledge that in many parts of Africa - including Botswana - weddings and marital arrangements in general have increasingly become subject to consumerist desires of style and glamour, much less is known about how such expectations of public display intersect with changing ideas concerning the intimate. Weddings have not only become costlier than before, and much more crucial in the marking of class, status and prestige, they have also given way to shifts in the responsibilities concerning marital arrangements, in the provisioning of resources and in the taking charge of the glamorous styling of these events. Studying such marital arrangements in Molepolole, Botswana, reveals that these shifts are creating a new sense of joint responsibility among young couples in terms of their role in providing such (re)sources. They are also producing a new dimension in their formation of relational intimacies; that is, making their financial affairs part of the intimacy of their relationship not meant for scrutiny and inspection by family elders. Engaging an anthropological understanding of the ways in which money can be related to intimacies, this contribution aims to understand how taking responsibility for finances becomes an intimate matter in the wedding process

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