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Stealing a bride: marriage customs, gender roles, and fertility transition in two peasant communities in Bolivia

Balan, Jorge


This paper deals with changing marriage customs in a pre-transitional setting where nuclear households and relatively high female status have been dominant values. Two Bolivian communities are compared. In one of them, the persistence of early marriages is associated with a specialized agricultural economy where women play roles as wives and mothers as well as partners in agricultural production but are not engaged in autonomous income earning activities. Women maintain a relatively...[Show more]

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Date published: 1996
Type: Journal article


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