The 'small-house' : an ethnographic investigation into economically independent women and sexual networks in Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.advisor McNeill, Fraser G. en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Mushinga, Mildred en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-14T07:32:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-14T07:32:15Z
dc.date.created 2016-08-31 en
dc.date.issued 2015 en
dc.description Thesis (DPhil)--University of Pretoria, 2015. en
dc.description.abstract This study examines the small house concept ?in Zimbabwe focusing on economically independent women s motives for engaging in sexual relationships with married men. ?Small house is a colloquial and derogatory term that describes a married man s quasi-polygamous, informal, long term, secret sexual relationship with another woman. General public and private discourse conceptualises the small house as survival transactional sex and as a key driver of Zimbabwe s HIV epidemic. Consequently, public health campaigns educate people about the dangers of small housing as part of multiple concurrent partnerships and sexual networks discourses linked to the HIV epidemic. While economic inequalities between genders exist globally, narrow focused frameworks embedded in health and poverty discourses do injustice to the diversity and complexity of sex research. Pinning women s motivations for engaging in ?small-houses to lack of empowerment, sexual agency and poverty excludes some categories of seemingly ?low-risk women including the educated, economically stable, high socio-economic status women who knowingly and ?willingly engage in these highly stigmatized sexual relationships. Such approaches to the small house phenomenon neglect the intricacies and complex interconnections between sexual intimacy, desires, economic strategising and political manoeuvring. My research investigated this complexity through exploring the meanings these women attach to being small houses and their experiences in these relationships as they are intertwined with broader changing social, economic, political and cultural contexts in which they are located. en_ZA
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dc.description.degree DPhil en
dc.description.department Anthropology and Archaeology en
dc.description.librarian tm2016 en
dc.identifier.citation Mushinga, M 2015, The 'small-house' : an ethnographic investigation into economically independent women and sexual networks in Zimbabwe, DPhil Thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/57213> en
dc.identifier.other S2016 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/57213
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
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dc.subject UCTD en
dc.title The 'small-house' : an ethnographic investigation into economically independent women and sexual networks in Zimbabwe en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en


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