Brown Bag: Is Polygamy Destablizing the Sahel?...

Williams Hall, Room 070

William R. Scott Brown Bag Series - Fall 2018

Is Polygamy Destablizing the Sahel? Youth Bulges, Marrage Squeezes, and Gender Roles in a West African Metropolis

Bruce Whitehouse
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology Department

Many scholars view polygamy as a “harmful cultural practice”: in addition to having a negative effect on women and children, they argue that it fosters insecurity in lands where it is prevalent. Through considering polygamy’s demographic foundations in the Malian capital city of Bamako, this research presentation challenges the assumptions of those who link polygamy to systemic political violence and unrest.

Bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.

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