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The Changing Relationships of Co-wives Over Time in Rural Southern Uganda


  • Janet Seeley


Co-wives are often portrayed both as being rivals for their husband's affections and resources as well as collaborators in managing the family. I explore a further dimension: historical time. The life trajectories of individual women in rural Uganda show how co-wife relationships are established, change, endure or end. In addition to ageing, which plays a part in women's changing conjugal arrangements, political upheavals and HIV and AIDS have also had a profound impact on their lives, affecting not only their relationship and attitude towards their husbands but also towards their children, as well as each other.

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  • Janet Seeley, 2012. "The Changing Relationships of Co-wives Over Time in Rural Southern Uganda," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(1), pages 68-80, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:48:y:2012:i:1:p:68-80
    DOI: 10.1080/00220388.2011.629651

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