Women on the market: Marriage, consumption, and the Internet in urban Cameroon
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 642–658, November 2007
How to Cite
JOHNSON-HANKS, J. (2007), Women on the market: Marriage, consumption, and the Internet in urban Cameroon. American Ethnologist, 34: 642–658. doi: 10.1525/ae.2007.34.4.642
- Issue published online: 7 JAN 2008
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2008
In this article, I show how dramatic social changes in Yaoundé, Cameroon, are the product of women applying long-standing cultural schemata in a changed economic context. Marriage rates are falling precipitously, and growing numbers of relatively elite women are looking beyond the nation's borders for husbands. Yet, as these women seek foreign husbands, their models of marriage are largely transposed out of older forms of bridewealth: E-mail-mediated marriage draws as much on local history as on global politics.