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Family Planning and Abortion

FUNMI TOGONU-BICKERSTETH

in Sacred Rights

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160017
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849611 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160017.003.0008
Family Planning and Abortion

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This chapter discusses the attitudes of specific ethnic groups in Nigeria and Africa toward fertility, family size, and abortion. It examines some of the sayings, proverbs, and societal practices to aid our understanding of the general cultural beliefs about what constitutes appropriate family size and actual practices extant in the country. The main focus of this chapter is the cultural tradition of the Yoruba community and the sociocultural factors that influence their ideal of a large family size. One of these factors is the insurance strategy. This is the practice of having more than the desired number of children because of the fear of infant and child mortality, and to ensure survivorship of the sons to continue lineage.

Keywords: Nigeria; Africa; fertility; family size; infant mortality; societal practices; Yoruba; insurance strategy

Chapter.  3638 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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