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Title:Change and Continuity in Kin-Based Support Systems for Widows and Orphans among the Luo in Western Kenya
Author:Nyambedha, Erick O.
Year:2004
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Volume:8
Issue:1
Pages:139-153
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:orphans
Luo
family
widows
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Women's Issues
Cultural Roles
Women and Their Children
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
sociology
kinship
Luo (Kenyan and Tanzanian people)
Cultural practices
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487420
Abstract:This paper discusses change and continuity in the kin-based support for widows and orphans among the Luo, a patrilineal ethnic group in western Kenya. It shows how the involvement of external actors such as church and donor-sponsored institutions has transformed some traditional systems and created new opportunities for widows and orphans. For instance, an indigenous institution such as 'duol' (originally a communal eating arrangement, which has evolved into a prayer house), now addresses the needs of widows and orphans through church and donor assistance. Widows and orphans can now choose when and for what purpose they should utilize domestic ties, and when to turn to relations outside the extended kin group. In order to prevent conflicts between the traditional and modern systems, donors should take into consideration the prevailing kinship structure and other relationships. The paper is based on research carried out in 1998-2002 in the Nyang'oma division of western Kenya. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract, edited]
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