chapter  7
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The Circulation of Women and Chldren inNorthern Ghana

IN this chapter we consider some interconnected aspects of domestic organization among the societies of northern Ghana which relate to the circulation (or spatial movement) of women and children. As the result of recent fieldwork among the LoWiili and the Gonja we were led to compare a set of kinship factors. These are: the nature of marriage prestations (bridewealth etc.); the pattern of divorce; the presence of widow inheritance (or levirate); the extent of kinship fostering; the concepts of paternity; the kind of kin groups.