Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie BuntingMarriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa by Annie Bunting

Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa

EditorAnnie Bunting, Benjamin Lawrance, Richard L. Roberts

Paperback | June 15, 2016

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With forced marriage, as with so many human rights issues, the sensationalized hides the mundane, and oversimplified popular discourses miss the range of experiences. In sub-Saharan Africa, the relationship between coercion and consent in marriage is a complex one that has changed over time and place, rendering impossible any single interpretation or explanation.

The legal experts, anthropologists, historians, and development workers contributing to Marriage by Force? focus on the role that marriage plays in the mobilization of labor, the accumulation of wealth, and domination versus dependency. They also address the crucial slippage between marriages and other forms of gendered violence, bondage, slavery, and servile status.

Only by examining variations in practices from a multitude of perspectives can we properly contextualize the problem and its consequences. And while early and forced marriages have been on the human rights agenda for decades, there is today an unprecedented level of international attention to the issue, thus making the coherent, multifaceted approach of Marriage by Force? even more necessary.

Annie Bunting is an associate professor in the Law and Society program at York University in Toronto. Her forthcoming book is The Invention of Contemporary Slavery, edited with Joel Quirk.Benjamin N. Lawrance is a professor of African history at the University of Arizona and author of Amistad’s Orphans: An Atlantic Story of Children, S...
Title:Marriage by Force?: Contestation over Consent and Coercion in AfricaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2016Publisher:Ohio University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0821422006

ISBN - 13:9780821422007

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Editorial Reviews

“This eloquent volume tackles age-old yet pressing problems of coercion, gender, and marriage in present-day Africa. The authors offer compelling case studies to demonstrate the deep-seated and complex values that underpin the subordination of women and girls and highlight the vulnerability of the female gender in the face of a growing movement—in Africa and abroad—to address the problem. This volume is a must-read for all those who teach, think, write, and formulate laws and public policy about gender and violence.”—Makau Mutua, World Bank and SUNY Buffalo Law School