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Going the distance : a description of commuter couples in Jos, Nigeria

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dc.contributor.advisor Rabe, Maria Elizabeth Kumswa, Sahmicit Kankemwa 2018-12-10T12:39:18Z 2018-12-10T12:39:18Z 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation Kumswa, Sahmicit Kankemwa (2018) Going the distance : a description of commuter couples in Jos, Nigeria, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <>
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 193-206) en
dc.description.abstract This thesis describes a family variation among urban Nigerian couples called a commuter marriage. A commuter marriage in this study is defined as a union between a dual earner/dual career couple where the husband and wife have decided to live apart from each other due to work commitments until such a time as is convenient for them to live continuously together again. This separation is mainly undertaken to improve their financial and career prospects. The study seeks to understand what dynamics are involved in a commuter marriage in Jos, Plateau State. The Life Course Perspective, with a focus on the gendered life course perspective, serves as a theoretical framework for this study. The perspective assumes that families undergoing the same transitions are likely to display the same characteristics which may not be necessarily relevant for all families in the same life stage, while the gendered life course perspective acknowledges the gendered context. At the same time the cultural context of the Nigerian society in terms of family norms are taken into account. An overview of commuter marriages, including characteristics of commuter marriages and non-traditional marriages linked to commuter marriages are provided. The differences between established and adjusting couples were repeatedly underlined. The research has an underlying interpretivist paradigm, therefore a qualitative research methodology was deemed best for the study. A semi-structured interview guide and time diaries were used to obtain data from seventeen participants. It was found that a commuter marriage is costly financially, socially and emotionally. An emphasis on the male provider and the wife as the manager of the resources was highlighted. Commuter couples report that their greatest support system constitute their family members who show the most understanding to their situation. Commuter fathers were generally passionate about their fatherly roles, but had conflicting feelings about balancing work and family, feeling the family is losing out. Generally, commuter couples in this study showed a sincere desire for the commuting relationship not to span an indefinite amount of time. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xiv, 220 leaves) en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African families en
dc.subject Commuter marriage en
dc.subject Dual earner couples en
dc.subject Gendered life course en
dc.subject Life course theory en
dc.subject Jos, Nigeria en
dc.subject Non-traditional marriage en
dc.subject Primary home of residence en
dc.subject Qualitative methodology en
dc.subject Time diaries en
dc.subject.ddc 306.360966952
dc.subject.lcsh Work -- Social aspects -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Commuter marriage -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Labor mobility -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Social aspects -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Work and family -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Long-distance relationships -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- Social aspects -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Marriage -- Economic aspects -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Families -- Economic aspects -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.subject.lcsh Married people -- Employment -- Nigeria -- Jos en
dc.title Going the distance : a description of commuter couples in Jos, Nigeria en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Sociology en D. Phil. (Sociology) en

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