Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa

dc.contributor.authorHarper, Sarah
dc.contributor.authorSeekings, Jeremy
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-28T10:39:54Z
dc.date.available2016-04-28T10:39:54Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.date.updated2016-04-28T10:38:00Z
dc.description.abstractQualitative and quantitative research has shown that non-nuclear family households remain common in post-apartheid South Africa whilst suggesting also that families are less extended than in the past. Most of this research focuses on who lives with whom. This paper goes beyond this by examining the claims that young people anticipate might be made on them, and the obligations they can envisage making on others. Data from the fourth wave of the Cape Area Panel Study, conducted in 2006, show that most young people report being able to make claims on only a narrow range of close kin. The range of kin on whom young black adults report being able to make claims is only marginally wider than for young white and coloured adults, and is heavily concentrated on the maternal side. This suggests that there has been some shrinkage in the extent of kinship ties among young black people, and a dramatic shrinkage on the paternal side. Unlike their coloured and white peers, young black adults report many prospective obligations to diverse kin, including more distant kin, although again almost entirely on the maternal side. Multivariate analysis suggests that 'race' - presumably as a proxy for cultural factors - is not important in shaping the claims that someone feels able to make, but remains important in shaping the obligations that someone anticipates having to make, after controlling for other variables. These patterns did not differ by gender. We find some evidence that claims and obligations entail reciprocal relationships, especially among less close kin. Overall, we find that relationships with more distant kin are largely limited to black South Africans, are highly conditional, exist predominantly with maternal kin and more frequently entail feelings of responsibility toward kin than reliance upon kin .en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationHarper, S., & Seekings, J. (2010). <i>Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19289en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationHarper, Sarah, and Jeremy Seekings <i>Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2010. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19289en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationHarper, S., & Seekings, J. (2010). Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa. Centre for Social Science Research: University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Harper, Sarah AU - Seekings, Jeremy AB - Qualitative and quantitative research has shown that non-nuclear family households remain common in post-apartheid South Africa whilst suggesting also that families are less extended than in the past. Most of this research focuses on who lives with whom. This paper goes beyond this by examining the claims that young people anticipate might be made on them, and the obligations they can envisage making on others. Data from the fourth wave of the Cape Area Panel Study, conducted in 2006, show that most young people report being able to make claims on only a narrow range of close kin. The range of kin on whom young black adults report being able to make claims is only marginally wider than for young white and coloured adults, and is heavily concentrated on the maternal side. This suggests that there has been some shrinkage in the extent of kinship ties among young black people, and a dramatic shrinkage on the paternal side. Unlike their coloured and white peers, young black adults report many prospective obligations to diverse kin, including more distant kin, although again almost entirely on the maternal side. Multivariate analysis suggests that 'race' - presumably as a proxy for cultural factors - is not important in shaping the claims that someone feels able to make, but remains important in shaping the obligations that someone anticipates having to make, after controlling for other variables. These patterns did not differ by gender. We find some evidence that claims and obligations entail reciprocal relationships, especially among less close kin. Overall, we find that relationships with more distant kin are largely limited to black South Africans, are highly conditional, exist predominantly with maternal kin and more frequently entail feelings of responsibility toward kin than reliance upon kin . DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 T1 - Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa TI - Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19289 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/19289
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationHarper S, Seekings J. Claims on and obligations to kin in Cape Town, South Africa. 2010 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19289en_ZA
dc.languageengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentCentre for Social Science Research(CSSR)en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
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