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He has claimed his rights as a father. But in some African cultures unmarried
mothers are harshly treated. A Kgatla girl is ostracized and the neighbours may
collect outside her house and sing obscene songs. In the past the baby was
If the husband is invited to a 'fathers' evening' at the hospital it may be to give him
rudimentary information about what is being done to his wife so that he does not
intrude disruptively on the institutional 'management' (and this is the term used) ...
We have seen that it is generally accepted that every child ought to have a father,
although the man who is a baby's social father may be quite different from the
biological father. In some societies, notably those disorganized by slavery, men ...
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