The Decline of Marriage in Namibia

Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community

Julia Pauli

Transcript-Verlag

The Decline of Marriage in Namibia

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Pub Date: September 2019

ISBN: 9783837643039

340 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $55.00

The Decline of Marriage in Namibia

Kinship and Social Class in a Rural Community

Julia Pauli

Transcript-Verlag

In southern Africa, marriage used to be widespread and common. However, over the past decades marriage rates have declined significantly. Julia Pauli explores the meaning of marriage when only few marry. Although marriage rates have dropped sharply, the value of weddings and marriages has not. To marry has become an indicator of upper-class status that less affluent people aspire to. Using the appropriation of marriage by a rural Namibian elite as a case study, the book tells the entwined stories of class formation and marriage decline in post-apartheid Namibia.

About the Author

Julia Pauli is professor of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research interests are gender and kinship studies, transnational migration, and class formation processes. She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Mexico and Namibia.