The importance of extremes : the social implications of intra-household variation in child mortality.
The extreme variation in child-rearing among women of the same polygynous household raises questions about the factors involved in child mortality and the social processes that magnify that variation.
The extremes may not seem significant statistically and indeed are not widely reported, yet it is precisely the extremes of experience that generate the theories that alter action most.
The spectacle of one wife having 90% of her children alive while her co-wife has 90% dead exerts enormous influence not only on people's beliefs but also on their practical responses in the face of the spectre of serial child death.
Mots-clés Pascal : Polygamie, Education, Etude comparative, Mortalité, Enfant, Homme, Milieu familial, Inégalité, Afrique Ouest, Afrique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Polygamy, Education, Comparative study, Mortality, Child, Human, Family environment, Inequality, West Africa, Africa
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 92-0604605
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 199406.