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Cultural forces tending to sustain high fertility



Cultural forces tending to sustain high fertility



Population growth and reproduction in sub Saharan Africa: technical analyses of fertility and its consequences: 199-214



The central factor implicated in sub-Saharan African high fertility is a culture, moulded by religion, that encourages repeated childbearing and abhors sterility at any stage. Fertility is powerfully supported by the unusually high value of children, which arises from a continuing economic flow from the young to the old, and is also grounded in a culture shaped by religion.

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