Special Collection 26

Children and family dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa

Published 20 November 2019

This Special Collection – edited by Olivia Samuel and Véronique Hertrich – focuses on family environment and child socialization in sub-Saharan Africa. A main challenge is to go beyond the traditional family-network approach, centred on the household and the biological parents, and to consider the diversity of contexts and stakeholders involved in a child’s upbringing. The papers in this special collection explore the complexity and the dynamics of children’s family environment in different African contexts, focusing on coresidential kin and nonresident close kin, intergenerational exchanges, and polygamy. They address methodological challenges and present innovative approaches for analysing children’s family environments beyond the perimeter of close relatives and their influence on children’s well-being and care.

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20 November 2019 | summary

Introduction to the Special Collection on ‘Children and family dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa’

Olivia Samuel, Véronique Hertrich

Volume: 41 Article ID: 44 Pages: 1269–1276
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2019.41.44

23 July 2019 | research article

The dynamics of the family network during childhood: A genealogical and longitudinal approach to rural Mali

Aurélien Dasré, Olivia Samuel, Véronique Hertrich

Volume: 41 Article ID: 9 Pages: 231–262
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2019.41.9

17 April 2018 | research article

Measuring extended families over time in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya: Retention and data consistency in a two-round survey

Sangeetha Madhavan, Donatien Beguy, Shelley Clark

Volume: 38 Article ID: 44 Pages: 1339–1358
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.44

15 June 2018 | research article

Intergenerational care for and by children: Examining reciprocity through focus group interviews with older adults in rural Uganda

Enid Schatz, Janet Seeley, Flavia Zalwango

Volume: 38 Article ID: 63 Pages: 2003–2026
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.38.63

25 July 2018 | research article

Polygynous marriage and child health in sub-Saharan Africa: What is the evidence for harm?

David Lawson, Mhairi A. Gibson

Volume: 39 Article ID: 6 Pages: 177–208
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2018.39.6


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