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Fertility trends in sub Saharan Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
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Abstract [en]

Fertility rates in sub Saharan Africa (SSA) have been identified to be depicted by a  unique demographic scenario, that sets  the region  apart from other regions in the world. Demographers are particularly keen on comprehending the dynamics surrounding the demographic transition of the sub continent especially with respect to its shift from high fertility rates to low fertility rates.  The decline in fertility embodies the second phase of the demographic transition process. The discourse on fertility rates in the sub continent has been coined to be an anomaly based on its prevalence being an exception in the world. Discussion pertaining to fertility levels in the region in this paper was made  with the purpose of illuminating the factors that account for the region’s high fertility rates, as well as on  fertility discourse in the region, and the variation that characterize its prevalence amongst the countries in the sub continent. Information on the fertility rates revealed that social organization and cultural setting in the region play pivotal roles in forging high fertility rates in the region.

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sub Saharan Africa, fertility rates, demographic transition
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87305OAI: diva2:602495
Available from: 2013-02-01 Created: 2013-02-01 Last updated: 2013-05-14

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