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Title:Some observations on the family unit, religion, and the practice of polygyny in the Ife division of Western Nigeria
Author:Driesen, I.H. vanden
Year:1972
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Volume:42
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:44-56
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:population decline
polygamy
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
marriage
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159530
http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&res_dat=xri:pao:&rft_dat=xri:pao:article:4011-1972-042-00-000005
Abstract:In the early 1950s the largest households were to be found in the Ife Division. According to recent figures however, both resident families and households have been diminished. This article describes some causes behind this depopulation, namely emigration and the decline of the polygyny. Although monogamy may have increased by the spread of education and the influence of Christianity, economic forces will have played a more decisive role. In this context the author suggests a correlation between size/location of the peasant's land-holdings and his ability to marry more wives, and discusses the growing trend towards monogamy in Ife Division in consequence of an increasing pressure on the soil. Notes, tables, French summary.
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