Braed Praes in Vanuatu: both gifts and commodities?
The debate about braed praes as either gift or commodity has a long and complex genealogy in foreign writings on Oceania, engaging anthropologists, Christian missionaries, policy-makers, and feminists. Debates between ni-Vanuatu have been equally protracted, passionate, and complicated, creating an echo chamber of resounding conversations. Such debates and political contests about bride price address deep questions about the value of a woman – as a person, a worker, sexual partner, and mother –...[Show more]
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