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Title:The Population Dynamics of the Tembomvura People of Zambezi Valley, Northern Zimbabwe: Some Methods of Collecting and Analysing Birth History Data
Author:Marindo-Ranganai, Ravai
Year:1995
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:22
Issue:2
Pages:177-195
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:Tembomvura
natality
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Cultural Roles
Demographics
research
demography
demographic change
Data collecting
Tembomvura (African people)
External link:http://digital.lib.msu.edu/projects/africanjournals/html/itemdetail.cfm?recordID=1266
Abstract:Local communities, even illiterate ones, can provide quantitative data on the number of their children if methods are used which allow them to express their knowledge. Using data collected during a demographic, sociocultural and health survey carried out from July to November 1992 among the Tembomvura, commonly known in Zimbabwe as the Dema, a small seminomadic population of 780 people who reside in Chapoto Ward, the author examines and discusses how period fertility data were collected through the use of a combination of methods involving group interviews, participatory modelling and diagramming, dramatization, and a demographic questionnaire. The author also discusses how the birth history data were adjusted and analysed to give estimates of current fertility that indicated some recent changes which had affected the population, notably a reduction in the number of births due to drought and food shortage. Bibliogr., notes, sum.
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