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Cohabiting Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Explaining Botswana's Exceptionality

Mokomane, Zitha

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Using the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data, this paper examines the prevalence of current cohabitation in Botswana relative to other sub-Saharan countries. The results reveal that the prevalence of this type of union in Botswana is one of the highest in the sub-continent and the highest in Southern Africa. An exploration of existing explanations for these high levels are shown to be either inadequate or fail to explain all the facts. Factors such as Botswana's constant...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMokomane, Zitha
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:57:52Z
dc.date.available2015-12-13T22:57:52Z
dc.identifier.issn0047-2328
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/83176
dc.description.abstractUsing the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) data, this paper examines the prevalence of current cohabitation in Botswana relative to other sub-Saharan countries. The results reveal that the prevalence of this type of union in Botswana is one of the highest in the sub-continent and the highest in Southern Africa. An exploration of existing explanations for these high levels are shown to be either inadequate or fail to explain all the facts. Factors such as Botswana's constant population mobility, marriage squeeze and high prevalence of premarital births are postulated as more plausible explanations.
dc.publisherUniversity of Calgary
dc.sourceJournal of Comparative Family Studies
dc.subjectKeywords: Africa; Botswana; coitus; divorce; education; human; illegitimacy; labor; marriage; married woman; polygamy; population migration; pregnancy; prevalence; review; widow
dc.titleCohabiting Unions in Sub-Saharan Africa: Explaining Botswana's Exceptionality
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume37
dc.date.issued2006
local.identifier.absfor160301 - Family and Household Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub11393
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMokomane, Zitha, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage25
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage42
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T07:19:19Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-32644446309
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