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Changing Webs of Kinship : Spotlights on West Africa

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Alber, Erdmute ; Häberlein, Tabea ; Martin, Jeannett:
Changing Webs of Kinship : Spotlights on West Africa.
In: Africa Spectrum. Vol. 45 (2010) Issue 3 . - pp. 43-67.
ISSN 0002-0397

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Abstract in another language

Changes in kinship relations are part of the broad social change in all African societies. This article highlights trends and characteristics of changing kinship relations in West Africa. Its analysis focuses on the twentieth century, which was shaped by the colonial conquest and profound societal transformations like the political independence of the African colonies. In analysing three important kinship relations – parent–child relations, marriage, and care for the elderly – this article depicts the trends and conditions of historical change of these relationships. It also shows whether and how these changes are accompanied by conflict, and how people refer to the different ways of dealing with those conflicts. The article is based on empirical data from three thematically intertwined research projects.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: No
Keywords: Familienwandel; Generationenbeziehung; Theorie; ethnographische Darstellung; Westafrika; Benin; Togo; Konflikt
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair Social Anthropology > Chair Social Anthropology - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Erdmute Alber
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Institute of African Studies - IAS
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
900 History and geography > 960 History of Africa
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2015 07:54
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2015 10:55
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/8215