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To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: Masculinity, Money, and Intimacy in Nigeria

Daniel Jordan Smith


Nigerian men regularly characterize the challenges of manhood with the expression “to be a man is not a one-day job.” Usually this proclamation is tied directly to anxieties about money. Refrains about monetary hardships are ubiquitous in contemporary Nigeria. But while men talk frequently about money, underlying their economic worries are broader concerns about the shifting meanings of masculinity, marked by changing expectations and practices of intimacy. Drawing on the author’s 25 years of experience in southeastern Nigeria, much of it spent in the company of men, the book argues that money ... More

Keywords: men, manhood, masculinity, money, intimacy, Nigeria, conspicuous redistribution, economics, sociliaty, social relations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226491516
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226491790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Jordan Smith, author
Brown University