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Fertile BondsBedouin Class, Kinship, and Gender in the Bekaa Valley$
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Suzanne E. Joseph

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044613

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044613.001.0001

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Gender Myths and Demographic Realities

Gender Myths and Demographic Realities

(p.73) 4 Gender Myths and Demographic Realities
Fertile Bonds

Suzanne E. Joseph

University Press of Florida

This chapter critiques Western feminist narratives of gender and Third World women's reproduction. Partial life table estimates by gender provide a window into gender disparities in Bedouin infant and child mortality. Ethnographic observations provide further insight into Bedouin gender relations, the gender configuration and size of the Bedouin family, and the meaning of children. The chapter concludes by looking more closely at Bedouin women's desire for large families and the observed variation in women's completed family sizes. Evidence shows smaller completed family sizes among Bedouin first wives in polygynous marriages and widows.

Keywords:   Partial life tables, sex ratios, gender disparities in infant/child mortality, gender relations, colonial feminism, the meaning of children, polygyny, widowhood

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