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The Family and Social Change in Ghana.

Författare Ebenezer Osei-Kofi
Förlag Göteborg University
Förlagsort Göteborg
Publiceringsår 1967
Publicerad vid Sociologiska institutionen
Språk en
Ämneskategorier Sociologi


The paper deals with the effect of social change on the family and marriage institutions in Ghana. (1) An examination of the matrilineal family system of the Ashanti shows that bond between mother and child is very strong and that the lineage plays a very decisive part in the life of member. (2) Industrialisation, urbanisation, christianity, education and the introduction of cocoa have all contributed to the process of change being experienced in the country today. (3) Ghana´s contact with the Mohammedan and Christian religions has resulted in the fact that these religions have left an indelible mark on the marriage customs of the country. (4) Cross-cousin marriage and widow inheritance are on a decline. There is a trend towards conjugal family and an increasing recognition of patrilineal inheritance has been observed. Members of the younger generation are rebelling against the older generation´s constant attempt to interfere in their marital affairs. Independence of judgement in such matters is the goal of the average young Ghanaian.

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