By Deuwe G. Jongmans & Peter Claus Wolfgang Gutkind
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The introduction of cash crops such as coffee, and the inheritance of land by Manggarai daughters from their fathers also gives unmarried women independent economic roles. Certainly, when viewed cross-culturally, the move away from an agrarian, subsistence economy does frequently open up new opportunities for women that may make ‘singledom’ a more attractive prospect. However, the extent to which men may feel threatened by this new independence varies. Allman describes how during the colonial period in the former Gold Coast the introduction of cocoa as a cash crop led many women to establish their own farms, rather than labouring on the farm of a husband.
In order for that to happen, they had decided it would be good for everyone to meet at least once beforehand. In fact, this had all gone well, and the two mothers had established an amiable and independent relationship. As Elaine readily acknowledged, this made things very much easier for herself.
Anthropologists in the field by Deuwe G. Jongmans & Peter Claus Wolfgang Gutkind