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Title:Growing Up Pregnant: Events of Kinship in Everyday Life
Author:Ringsted, Mette
Year:2004
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:100-117
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
Subjects:single mothers
kinship
pregnancy
Urbanization and Migration
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
Family Life
urbanization
sociology
Teenage pregnancy
social relations
Family structure
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487418
Abstract:Based on fieldwork carried out in 2002-2003 in Muheza, a roadside town in northeastern Tanzania, this paper explores how pregnant girls and young mothers, between the ages of 14 and 19, manage their social relations during pregnancy and early motherhood. Whereas most of the pregnant girls and young mothers in this study lived as 'unwanted family members', others were reintegrated into their families. The paper focuses on how they actively negotiate and form 'relatedness' to reduce uncertainty in their daily life, and particularly how they and their children struggle not to be excluded from reciprocal family responsibilities. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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