The reluctant spouse and the illegitimate slave : marriage, household formation, and demographic behaviour amongst Malian Tamesheq from the Niger Delta and the Gourma

@inproceedings{Randall1986TheRS,
  title={The reluctant spouse and the illegitimate slave : marriage, household formation, and demographic behaviour amongst Malian Tamesheq from the Niger Delta and the Gourma},
  author={S. Randall and M. Winter},
  year={1986}
}
This study analyzed the role of marriage patterns in accounting for fertility levels and differentials among 2 populations of nomadic Twareg pastoralists (Delta Twareg and Gourma Twareg) and a population of Bambara millet farmers with far higher total fertility. The large differences in fertility between the Twareg and Bambara disappeared when marriage was controlled for indicating the role of marriage patterns as an intermediate variable. Polygyny and the practice of the levirate (whereby a… Expand
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