Hanifi, M. Jamil (Mohammed Jamil)
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of Anthropology
This thesis examines the relationship between familial structure and fertility in Afghanistan. Impetus for this examination stems from theoretical literature, such as the Lorimer-Davis theory, which asserts that the extended familial unit encourages a higher fertility than that of the nuclear familial unit. Utilizing Afghan sample demographic survey data on the macrocos-mic level and personal field research in Afghanistan on the microcos-mic level, the problem is explored in depth. Results provide little support for the Lorimer-Davis theory. Most important, the average number of pregnancies and average number of children born alive are not greater among women living in extended familial units as compared with those living in nuclear familial units. In fact, averages are less. In Afghanistan extended familial structure appears to exert a negative influence on fertility.
Hunte, Pamela A., "Familial structure and fertility in Afghanistan" (1975). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3093.
Northern Illinois University
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