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The childbearing family in sub-Saharan Africa : structure, fertility, and the future

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  • Frank, Odile

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sub-Saharan Africa is lagging behind the rest of the world in what otherwise seems to be a global - encompassing even the giant, China - demographic transition to fertility decline. The author analyzes the present types of family structure and divisions of responsibility and forecasts four scenarios, what she calls the feminist, impoverishment, Americas, and Caldwellian scenarios. She also discusses the importance ofgender roles and fertility regulating behavior in sub-Saharan Africa - particularly the importance in the African family structure of child fostering. Finally, she addresses the methodological difficulties of conducting research on family structure and fertility in Africa, and outlines an agenda for research.

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  • Frank, Odile, 1990. "The childbearing family in sub-Saharan Africa : structure, fertility, and the future," Policy Research Working Paper Series 509, The World Bank.
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