ISBN 9789964302801
Pages 88
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Ghana University Press, Ghana
Format Paperback

Motherhood: An Experience in the Ghanaian Context

by Elizabeth R. Tettey

There are differences in the meaning of motherhood from one society to another, and radical variations in ideas about conception, birth, child rearing and relationships between parents and children. In Ghanaian societies, traditionally, motherhood and a woman's place and status are intricately bound. There is a strong pro-natalist tendency, mothers of many children are highly regarded, whilst infertile women are stigmatised. Equally, having a child in the wrong circumstances adversely affects a woman's social profile. The book discusses the various social aspects of motherhood and argues that a higher regard for individual religious and cultural convictions and choices would improve our understanding of what having children means to women.

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