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ERIC Number: ED104593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Nov
Pages: 20
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Full-Time Farmers and Week-End Wives: An Analysis of Altering Conjugal Roles.
Abbott, Susan
The purpose of this study was to distinguish between cultural values and expectations regarding family structure and actual family structure as reflected in interviews concerning family decision making and control of resources in rural Kikuyu where the economy is such that 67 percent of the males must work in Nairobi (Kenya), visiting their homes a few days at a time every 2 or 3 months. Systematically selected, 10 married men and 10 married women were respondents in the initial "ideal" interview. Areas of domain querried were subsistence farming; cash crops; livestock; ownership and disposal of money; property in the form of houses and furniture; and the baptism, schooling, clothing, and discipline of children. The respondents' consensus supported prevalent Kikuyu descriptions of family structure and indicated a clear division between sex roles and areas of control, women being clearly subordinate, making few decisions, and controlling no major source of cash income. However, 4 months later when 58 married women were interviewed in the "real" interview and asked "The last time X was done in your household, who did it?", the male domain decreased significantly with women living in nuclear families exercising more control than those living in extended families. (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya