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'Full price, full body': norms, brideprice and intimate partner violence in highlands Papua New Guinea.

Authors
  • Eves, Richard1
  • 1 Department of Pacific Affairs, Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs, ANU College of the Asia-Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Culture, health & sexuality
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2019
Volume
21
Issue
12
Pages
1367–1380
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2018.1564937
PMID: 30693843
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper draws on qualitative research in Jiwaka Province, in the highlands of Papua New Guinea (PNG), to examine the changing nature of marriage in that context. In particular, it examines how changes in the practice of brideprice have been associated with an increase in intimate partner violence. Violence, a relational process, is to be understood in the context of the customary unequal power relations between men and women. It is argued that men in the highlands of PNG see any gain in power for women as a loss for themselves, and so actively resist it. Men who see their power over women challenged resort to the discourse of brideprice, arguing that the payment of brideprice gives them absolute authority over wives. A good understanding of the norms that sanction violence is a vital step in developing interventions to prevent violence.

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