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Title:Mambila Demography From Archival Sources
Authors:Zeitlyn, David
Bagg, J.
Periodical:History in Africa
Geographic term:Cameroon
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:This paper provides a first report of a study of the population of Somiť, a Mambila village in Cameroon, which explores ways of linking microdemographic analysis and the results of anthropological research. In an area where sister exchange marriage was practised, repeated marriages give rise to complex genealogies whose connection to demographic factors has not been analysed. By combining the details of kinship and residence, gathered during field research over a period of ten years, with the statistics of births and deaths from census results and archival materials from 1950 onwards, it is possible to assess the effects of genealogical and residence factors on fertility and mortality. Conversely, it becomes possible to examine the effects of demographic factors on the genealogical basis of village life. The census of 1990 was used as a benchmark since it is the most complete of all the censuses. Bibliogr., notes, ref.