To Be A Man Is Not A One-day Job: Masculinity, Money, And Intimacy In Nigeria by Daniel Jordan SmithTo Be A Man Is Not A One-day Job: Masculinity, Money, And Intimacy In Nigeria by Daniel Jordan Smith

To Be A Man Is Not A One-day Job: Masculinity, Money, And Intimacy In Nigeria

byDaniel Jordan Smith

Hardcover | November 24, 2017

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Refrains about financial hardship are ubiquitous in contemporary Nigeria, frequently expressed through the idiom “to be a man is not a one-day job.” But while men talk constantly about money, underlying their economic worries are broader concerns about the shifting meanings of masculinity, amid changing expectations and practices of intimacy.
Drawing on twenty-five years of experience in southeastern Nigeria, Daniel Jordan Smith takes readers through the principal phases and arenas of men’s lives: the transition to adulthood; searching for work and making a living; courtship, marriage, and fatherhood; fraternal and political relationships; and finally, the attainment of elder status and death. He relates men’s struggles both to fulfill their own aspirations and to meet society’s expectations. He also considers men who behave badly, mistreat their wives and children, or resort to crime and violence. All of these men face similar challenges as they navigate the complex geometry of money and intimacy. Unraveling these connections, Smith argues, provides us with a deeper understanding of both masculinity and society in Nigeria. 
Daniel Jordan Smith is professor of anthropology at Brown University. His previous books include AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Title:To Be A Man Is Not A One-day Job: Masculinity, Money, And Intimacy In NigeriaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:November 24, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022649151X

ISBN - 13:9780226491516

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Table of Contents


1          From Boys to Men: Learning to Love Women and Money
2          Expensive Intimacies: Courtship, Marriage, and Fatherhood
3          “Money Problem”: Work, Class, Consumption, and Men’s Social Status
4          “Ahhheee Club”: Money, Intimacy, and Male Peer Groups
5          Masculinity Gone Awry: Intimate Partner Violence, Crime, and Insecurity
6          Becoming an Elder, Burying One’s Father


Editorial Reviews

“‘Money makes the man’, say Nigerians. In this vivid and gripping ethnography, Smith shows how true this adage is. He reveals the ambiguous and contradictory ways in which money seems at once to enable and to undermine the forms of sociality and intimacy on which the successful enactment of masculinity depends in Nigeria. Brimming with insightful observations and telling details, this book makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of a topic of enormous contemporary significance—in Africa and beyond.”