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Even in those rural communities where illegitimate children are absorbed with
little fuss into their mothers' parents' families - extra mouths to feed, but later also
extra hands in the fields - the bearing of children before marriage is considered ...
Pregnancy as a force for social cohesion In many societies it is when a baby is on
the way that the relationship between a couple, formerly only half recognized and
provisional, becomes established as really a marriage. The Kgatla of South ...
Pregnancy provides evidence that the marriage is 'working'. Although attitudes to
conception before marriage vary throughout the world, in some societies
pregnancy being welcomed as evidence of fertility, and in others condemned, the
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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