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Marriage, Power and Wellbeing

2006 - 2008
Project Status: Completed

Funded by:
Economic & Social Research Council

Department for International Development


Power relations within marriage and the comparative wellbeing of spouses are studied in this project in eastern Uganda. It seeks to understand the gender haps between wellbeing of spouses, and the perceived and actual contributions to joint livelihoods. Multiple quantitative and ethnographic methods, and experimental economics are used, and the project will help establish which methods are best for the study of gender relations within domestic groups. The project has also compared its own data with that of a local NGO that has been collecting case histories of marital dispute resolution.

DEV Key Contact:

Cecile Jackson


Selected Output:

Jackson, C., 2012, ‘Conjugality as Social Change: A Zimbabwean Case’, The Journal of Development Studies, 48(1): 41-54

Jackson, C., 2012, ‘Marriage, Gender Relations and Social Change’, The Journal of Development Studies’, 48(1):1-19

Jackson, C., 2007, ‘Resolving Risk? Marriage and creative Conjugality’, Development and Change, 38(1): 107-129