Marriage transactions: labor, property, status

American Anthropologist Vol/Iss. 90 Published In Pages: 291-309
By Schlegel, Alice, Eloul, Rohn


This paper proposes that marriage transactions are mechanisms by which households meet labor needs, distribute property, and maintain or enhance status. The authors find that type of marriage transaction is related to subsistence type and social stratification. In particular, bridewealth is more common where property is limited while dowry is more common among property-owning classes.

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