‘Money has more weight than the man’: masculinities in the marriages of Angolan war veterans

Spall, John (2014) ‘Money has more weight than the man’: masculinities in the marriages of Angolan war veterans. IDS Bulletin, 45 (1). pp. 11-19. ISSN 0265-5012

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Abstract

This article discusses how male Angolan war veterans navigated the sudden shift from the rigours of military discipline to life in a civilian society they no longer recognised, where money had become a dominant social value. Based on a year of participant observation and interviews with war veterans in the city of Huambo, it traces their life histories and their post-war struggles to develop the necessary creativity and initiative to make a profit in a disordered, war-torn economy, where masculine status and authority had come to depend crucially on monetary income. I analyse their reaction to the crumbling of the relative certainties of the patriarchal orders of both pre-war society and military life, and the associated anxieties around living up to a senior masculine archetype of the wise, authoritative provider whilst attempting to ensure that their wives’ behaviour conformed to the family model that accompanies this archetype.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1088 Men
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Depositing User: John Spall
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 11:40
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2014 11:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/47316
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