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Title:Questionable Issue: Illegitimacy in South Africa
Editors:Burman, Sandra B.ISNI
Preston-Whyte, Eleanor M.ISNI
Series:Contemporary South African debates
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:Oxford University Press (in association with the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research on Women)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:illegitimate children
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
Abstract:This book on illegitimacy in South Africa is divided into three parts. The initial section outlines how illegitimacy has been treated through a broad sweep of history (Kenneth Hughes) and discusses the meaning and reliability of South African statistics on the subject (Sandra Burman). Thereafter come examinations of the nature of illegitimacy in South Africa through various disciplines, legal (Brigitte Clark and Belinda Van Heerden), economic (Charles Simkins and Themba Dlamini), medical (Walter Loening), and psychiatric (Eleanor Nash). In the second section the contrasting definitions of, and attitudes to, illegitimacy current in Hindu (James McNamara), Jewish (Sandra Burman and Sally Frankental), Christian (David Chidester), and Muslim (Ebrahim Moosa) communities in South Africa are outlined. The last section presents a number of detailed case studies: Birth outside marriage among whites in Cape Town (Denise Rubinsztein) - Teenage pregnancy in the coloured community (Eleanor Preston-Whyte and Judith Allen) - African teenage pregnancy: whose problem? (Eleanor Preston-Whyte and Maria Zondi) - Children on the move: parenting, mobility, and birth-status among migrants (Sean Jones).