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Problematic polygymy: implications of changing typologies and definitions of polygamy

Coast, Ernestina, Randall, Sara, Golaz, Valerie and Gnoumou, Bilampoa (2011) Problematic polygymy: implications of changing typologies and definitions of polygamy. In: Sixth African Population Conference, 5-9 December 2011, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

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The persistence or decline of polygamy is often used as an indicator of social change in Africa. However, most data and research use the term “polygamy” without reflecting on what is being measured. Thus, international comparative research often ignores temporal and spatial differences in the conceptualisation of polygamy, and the implications for subsequent analyses. We use three different approaches in order to uncover the implications of these different understandings of “polygamy”: 1) analysis of definitions used in Anglophone and Francophone surveys and censuses post-1950. 2) interview with key informants involved in the production and consumption of survey and census data. 3) secondary analyses of large-scale datasets, including: DHS for Senegal, Uganda, Tanzania and Burkina Faso and the census for Mali.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I0 - General
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Projects: Harmonised households : the implications of standardised data tools for understanding intergenerational relations
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, ANR
Date Deposited: 14 May 2012 13:16

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