Tracking Change in Rural Kenya through the Study of Domestic Groups

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Tracking Change in Rural Kenya through the Study of Domestic Groups
by Miroslava Prazak

“Simon is a thoughtful, well spoken, 34-year-old secondary school science and math teacher. He is uncommon in that he has a university degree. He lives in a traditional wattle and daub house, but his new home—a permanent structure—is nearing completion…. As the youngest son, he inherited his deceased father’s homestead. In addition to his mother he looks after an unmarried younger sister. All these things are as they ought to be, hallmarks of a family developing in a straight line. Less common is his responsibility for four of the five orphaned children of an older brother, who along with his wife, died from HIV/AIDS related complications.”

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