• Güray ALPAR Dr. Antropolog ve tarihçi, Stratejik Düşünce Enstitüsü


Africa, West Africa, Culture, Anthropology, Family


Despite all the pressure of globalization, the African continent continues to contain its geographical and cultural diversity. The continent, which has many ethnic structures and languages, also includes the societies that have the most tradition and culture. Cultures and traditions that are different from us have always attracted human attention. Recently, the human world has attracted more attention. The African continent carries interesting and powerful features with its unique culture. The sense of belonging is more than a physiological being, it is a reflection of the consciousness of association with the group. Family ties are strong, especially due to financial difficulties and livelihoods, and strong ties are the biggest factor that keeps people as well as society in difficult times. As a region with these characteristics, West Africa deserves cultural research. Family ties are also strong in this region. In this region, the term “extended Family” terms is mentioned, which means that family ties almost reach the tribal level. For example, the new bride who comes to a house addresses all husband’s brothers as “my husband”, while the brothers call him as “my wife”. All uncles are called “my father”. On the other hand, other family members who work in this geography have to help someone who has lost their jobs. If he does not help, his family members exclude him. So can you see that someone who lost their job is not upset. Anybody who has already gone abroad has to send money to other family members voluntarily. Single men and women have to marry if they have the fortune on the grounds that it is a sin. This is also the assurance of the survival of that person. This culture is completely developed according to the conditions and obligations over time.Based on the two-year field surveys conducted in West Africa, this study will attempt to reveal the characteristics identified in West African family culture impartially and without forgetting the fact that each culture has its own characteristics and preserving ethical principles. 


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ALPAR, G. (2019). EXTENDED FAMILY STRUCTURE OF WEST AFRICA. EUROASIA JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES, 6(9), 61–78. Retrieved from https://euroasiajournal.com/index.php/eurssh/article/view/213