1st Edition

Generation, Gender and Negotiating Custom in South Africa

Edited By Elena Moore Copyright 2022

    This book investigates how customary practices in South Africa have led to negotiation and contestation over human rights, gender and generational power.

    Drawing on a range of original empirical studies, this book provides important new insights into the realities of regulating personal relationships in complex social fields in which customary practices are negotiated. This book not only adds to a fuller understanding of how customary practices are experienced in contemporary South Africa, but it also contributes to a large discussion about the experiences, impact and ongoing negotiations around changing structures of gender and generational power and rights in contemporary South Africa.

    It will be of interest to researchers across the fields of sociology, family/customary law, gender, social policy and African Studies.

    1. Generation, gender and negotiating custom in South Africa (Elena Moore)  2. Lobolo and the making of men (Refiloe Makama)  3. Very long engagements: The persistent authority of bridewealth in a post-apartheid South African community (Michael W. Yarbrough)  4. Inhlawulo, Kin and Custom: Young men negotiating fatherhood and respectable masculinity (Deevia Bhana and Francesca Salvi)  5. Negotiating sisterarchy within polygynous marriages (Zamambo Mkhize)  6. Women’s historical recollections of familial power, ukuthwala marriage and sexual violence (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 (Fatima Osman)  9. Resisting for one and all: Gender and generations amidst guns in rural KwaZulu-Natal (Sindiso Mnisi Weeks)  Glossary and Notes


    Elena Moore is Associate Professor in the University of Cape Town’s sociology department, South Africa.