Female Genital Mutilations in Africa

  title={Female Genital Mutilations in Africa},
  author={Karen Paige Ericksen},
  journal={Cross-Cultural Research},
  pages={182 - 204}
  • K. Ericksen
  • Published 1 February 1989
  • Sociology
  • Cross-Cultural Research
Codes and ratings for female genital mutilations, virginity tests, premarital sex norms, and female initiation rites are presented for the 115 cultural clusters on the continent of Africa. Documenting the prevalence of these characteristics within clusters comprising sampling provinces is crucial for research on the pattern of variability both in Africa and in the world. In addition to the 11 cultures listed in the Standard Cross-Cultural Sample in which the operation is practiced, an… 

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