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Title:Value of Children: Effects of Globalization on Fertility Behavior and Child-Rearing Practices in Ghana
Author:Sam, David LacklandISNI
Year:2001
Periodical:Research Review (ISSN 0855-4412)
Volume:17
Issue:2
Pages:5-16
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
Subjects:children
globalization
family planning
child rearing
Women and Their Children
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Fertility and Infertility
sociology
fertility
Social behaviour
Abstract:Why do people have children, or what values do they assign to having children and how does the value assigned to children reflect in the ways they are socialized? These questions are discussed in this paper from a theoretical point of view and as a basis for generating hypotheses to be tested within the Ghanaian cultural setting. The paper draws upon ideas emerging from an ongoing research project (Value of children, VOC) in nine non-African countries. The paper aims at raising concerns about the implications of the VOC study findings for Africa, particularly Ghana, and at possibly initiating a similar study in Ghana. First, the paper looks at the question of how 'values of children' may be reflected in child rearing practices. Next, an examination of the role of globalization - defined in this analysis as the process by which cultures influence one another and become more alike through trade, immigration, and the exchange of information and ideas - focuses on the question of how Western industrialized countries in the form of modernization and urbanization are influencing Ghana culturally, socially, economically and politically, and how this in turn affects fertility behaviour and child rearing practices. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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