Dilys Amoabeng is a PhD candidate in NWO VIDI team, at the Anthropology Department and at the Amsterdam Institute of the Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam. Her research project Marriage across time: Transformation in the ideals and marriage practices among Ghanaian middle class explores marriage as a practice of distinction. She particularly focuses on the emotional and economic aspects of homemaking. She aims to do a three-generation historical perspective that provides a vantage point from which to examine transformations in marriage over the last century in southern Ghana. She is also a Principal Research Assistant with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, where she is part of the team developing the first anthropology programme in Ghana. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics and Sociology) and a Master of Arts (Sociology), both from the University of Cape Coast. Dilys is an Australia Awards Fellowship’s Alumni of Flinders University. Her research interest centres around gender, marriage, leadership, gender violence and sexuality. She has written the following papers: M.A. research thesis “Challenges facing women access to banking services in the Cape Coast Metropolis, Case studies from the central region of Ghana”; “Men are men when they can discipline their women: Culture the pathway to gendered phenomenon of violence in Ghana” (with Amanda Odoi); “A fresh policy challenge: Coalition building for women’s leadership in Ghana” (with Amanda Odoi and Esther Pokoo-Aikins).
Marriage across three generations, middle class, Practices of distinction, gender relations, urbanization, Ghana.