Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom (forthcoming, 2021) Routledge

Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom (forthcoming, 2021) Routledge

The forthcoming book published by Routledge, explores the ways men and women negotiate customary practices in their daily lives in South Africa. The chapters describe the desires of women and men in their negotiations of lobolo, inhlawulo (payments for children born out of wedlock), ukuthwala (a practice encompassing different customary forms of precipitating a marriage, including through abduction), customary marriage including polygyny, female initiation, and succession. The collection captures some of the commonalities and differences in people’s desires and challenges in negotiating custom. The authors situate these negotiations of custom within a socio-cultural framework by providing a rich context of how daily negotiations take place amongst a wider range of changes in social relations in an era of increasing unemployment, poverty, urbanisation, welfare reform, neoliberal capitalism and changing living arrangements.

  1. Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom (Prof. Elena Moore)
  2. Lobolo and the Making of Men (Dr. Refiloe Makama)
  3. Very Long Engagements: The Persistent Authority of Bridewealth in a Post-apartheid South African Community (Prof. Michael Yarbrough)
  4. Kin, Inhlawulo and Custom: Young men negotiating fatherhood and respectable masculinity (Prof. Deevia Bhana and Dr Frances Salvi)
  5. Sisterarchy within polygynous marriages: Interplay of power and authority in women-to-women relations (Dr. Zamambo Mkhize)
  6. Women’s Historical Recollections of Familial Power, Ukuthwala Marriage and Sexual Violence (Dr Nyasha Karimakwenda)
  7. The Power of State Law: Female Initiation, Consent and Generational Entanglements (Elena Moore and Chuma Himonga)
  8. Negotiation of Inheritance Rights by Widows: A Case Study in Rural South Africa. (Dr. Fatima Osman)
  9. Resisting for One and All: Gender and Generations Amidst Guns in Rural KwaZulu-Natal (Prof. Sindiso Mnisi Weeks)