'Débrouillez-Vous': Women's Work, Transactional Sex, and the Politics of Social Networks
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4483952
Author(s) Braun, Lesley Nicole
Author(s) at UniBasel Braun, Lesley Nicole
Year 2018
Title 'Débrouillez-Vous': Women's Work, Transactional Sex, and the Politics of Social Networks
Journal Ethnos Journal of Anthropology
Volume 83
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 20-38
Abstract Women in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo are increasingly entering new professions partly due to an increase in higher education levels. In so doing, and as they become more visible in political and economic spheres, women are subjected to new forms of moral suspicion. While women have historically maintained a strong presence in the informal sector, such as commerce, new urban modes of employment dictate new kinds of visibility. It is within this context that notions of femininity and female virtue in Kinshasa continue to be redefined. This article explores several modes of employment for women, such as money-changing, journalism, and politics as they relate to local concepts of encadrement (supervision) and débrouillardisme (resourcefulness). Further, it also examines the threat that a woman's social network outside of her kin poses to men, as well as how women's participation in the economic sphere can motivate distrust between the genders.
Publisher Taylor & Francis
ISSN/ISBN 0014-1844 ; 1469-588X
URL https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2015.1134611
edoc-URL https://edoc.unibas.ch/65314/
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1080/00141844.2015.1134611
ISI-Number WOS:000419340700002
Document type (ISI) Article

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