Urbanisation, household composition and the reproductive health of women in a South Africa city.
Post-apartheid South Africa is faced with the effects of a distorted urbanisation process.
A coherent response to urbanisation includes the mitigation of the adverse health effects of urbanisation.
Women, by virtue of the stringent control of their movements to urban areas under apartheid, have migrated to the urban areas at an increasing rate recently.
One consequence has been the transformation of traditional household structures consonant with changing patterns of fertility and infertility in the urban areas.
This paper describes the composition of households in Khayelitsha, South Africa, a suburb that has seen an explosive increase in population over a 5-year period, from 5000 to an estimated 250,000 people.
A survey of 659 households revealed that woman-headed households increased from 11% in those women who had been in the urban areas for fewer than 5 years, to 35% in those who had been in the urban areas for more than 20 years.
This was not a function of widowhood or divorce, but appears to be an adaptive strategy adopted by women in the face of gender oppression in a harsh urban environment.
The study also revealed the phenomenon of « alliance » household formation. in which atypical households made up of a variety of non-descript combinations of people provide support for women from remote rural areas, another adaptive strategy.
Fertility was related to age, income, education and urbanisation. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Urbanisation, Milieu familial, Composition groupe, Ménage, Femme, Homme, Fertilité, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Milieu urbain, Statut socioéconomique, Politique sanitaire, Migration, Epidémiologie, Post apartheid
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Urbanization, Family environment, Group composition, Household, Woman, Human, Fertility, South Africa, Africa, Urban environment, Socioeconomic status, Health policy, Migration, Epidemiology
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0477871
Code Inist : 002B20A04. Création : 10/04/1997.