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The traditional levirate custom: As practised by Luo of Kenya
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis was to investigate views on the the traditional Levirate custom in modern society specifically regarding repercussions on the freedom of widows in the traditional Luo community. Qualitative research has been used this thesis, using both primary and secondary sources. Phenomenology as a principle of science has been adopted. Though much research has been done on this subject matter, this study hopes to provide a new approach by addressing the issues mentioned above. The findings of this study have shown that the Levirate custom seems to infringe on the freedom of the widows in the traditional Luo community. Evidence of male dominance due to values attached to the traditional Levirate custom has been observed.

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2015. , 40 p.
Keyword [en]
Levirate-custom, widow, Luo, Kenya, Dominance
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21003OAI: diva2:893059
Subject / course
Social work
Educational program
Social work – specialisation in international social work (in eng)
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2016-01-12Bibliographically approved

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