Curtis Rogers Examines POLYGYNY in New Book

In social anthropology, polygyny is a marital practice in which a man takes more than one woman to be his wife at the same time. This marriage tradition is the most common form of polygamy. In his new book, Polygyny: The Ancient African Welfare System, author Curtis Rogers presents a historical perspective of polygyny and examines the reasons for its development in ancient African societies.

The concept of polygyny has been distorted over the years because of cultural bias and ignorance. In order to gain better understanding of this tradition it is important to first dispel the misconceptions that have tarnished it. In the author's own words,

"For the most part, we don't understand history because of fragmentations caused by distortion and straight-out lies passed on as truth... However, fragmented a piece of history may be, once those fragmentations are put back together as in a jigsaw puzzle, only then will we be able to see the whole picture and have understanding."

Rogers clarifies that his work is not intended to promote polygyny; what it is advocating is an accurate historical perspective of this practice. He provides an in-depth analysis of polygyny as part of the welfare system of Africa and in light of history, love and marriage. He traces the principles behind the establishment of the institution of marriage. When these fundamental precepts are identified, one can have a better understanding for the reasoning or purpose behind polygyny.

Incisive and thought-provoking, Polygyny: The Ancient African Welfare System explores a misunderstood practice in unprecedented depth and in edifying new light.

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Polygyny * by Curtis Rogers
The Ancient African Welfare System
Publication Date: May 29, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 154 pages; 978-1-4797-9285-6
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 154 pages; 978-1-4797-9286-3
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-9287-0

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