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      Making Sense of Marriage: Gender and the Transition to Adulthood in Nairobi, Kenya : Gender and the Transition to Adulthood in Nairobi

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      Journal of Marriage and Family
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          <div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S1"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d2174988e120">Objective:</h5> <p id="P1">The objective of this study was to examine how young people in Nairobi, Kenya, are making sense of marriage, both in terms of their own lives and its social significance. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S2"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d2174988e125">Background:</h5> <p id="P2">In many sub-Saharan African communities, marriage has been a fundamental marker of the transition to adulthood. However, union formation is changing, particularly in urban areas—partnering is occurring later and nonmarital cohabitation is increasingly common with the pathways to union formation differing by gender. Young people’s perspectives on marriage are valuable for a deeper understanding of these trends. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S3"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d2174988e130">Method:</h5> <p id="P3">A total of 74 in-depth interviews with youth living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, were qualitatively analyzed with particular attention to personal and normative understandings of marriage along with how they vary by gender. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S4"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d2174988e135">Results:</h5> <p id="P4">Marriage emerged as an important part of most respondents’ life projects, whether or not they considered it key to socially recognized adulthood. Attitudes differed by gender, with young women’s greater ambivalence and aversion toward marriage, particularly early marriage, contrasting with young men’s frustrated desire for marriage amidst economic constraints. Young men’s main worry about marriage was not being able to support a family, whereas young women were often concerned that marrying would thwart their aspirations regarding education and work. </p> </div><div class="section"> <a class="named-anchor" id="S5"> <!-- named anchor --> </a> <h5 class="section-title" id="d2174988e140">Conclusion:</h5> <p id="P5">Marriage continues to be a significant social marker of adulthood despite a shifting demographic reality. Differences in young people’s attitudes are related to gendered concerns around marriage and economic independence. </p> </div>

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                Journal
                Journal of Marriage and Family
                Fam Relat
                Wiley
                00222445
                October 2018
                October 2018
                August 06 2018
                : 80
                : 5
                : 1298-1313
                Affiliations
                [1 ]University of Wisconsin-Madison
                [2 ]University of Michigan
                [3 ]African Population and Health Research Center and Population Council
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                10.1111/jomf.12525
                6760660
                31555013
                41a7cec5-e469-4451-aa72-8070eba3dc04
                © 2018

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