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The Demographic Determinants of Nuptiality: Age and Fertility in Nuptial Transitions Among the Kassena-Nankana of Northern Ghana

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Download PDF versionFranklin, Nadra, Philip B. Adongo, and Fred N. Binka. "The Demographic Determinants of Nuptiality: Age and Fertility in Nuptial Transitions Among the Kassena-Nankana of Northern Ghana." PSC Research Report No. 98-427. October 1998.

In this paper we describe the nuptial regime operating in Northern Ghana, paying particular attention to nuptial transitions and decision-making. Using narrative data, we find that women have full authority to make decisions about these transitions into and out of marriage. Beginning with courtship, women are vested with authority to choose their partner. Both men and women may initiate a divorce, but the majority of divorces are initiated by the woman for reasons largely having to do with unrealized fertility goals or economic hardship. The repayment of bridewealth does not deter a woman from divorcing her husband.

Dataset(s): Narratives of the Kassena-Nankana: A Cultural Census, Ghana, 1988.

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