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Precocious pregnancy, sexual conflict, and early childbearing in remote Aboriginal Australia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Ideas from evolutionary theory and a consideration of social and cultural factors are used to argue that teenage pregnancy in three remote Aboriginal communities represents a strategic response to current environments characterised by pervasive and sustained risk and uncertainty. Ethnographic studies of the communities find that these environments both provoke and enable the reproductive strategies of adolescent boys and girls but raise the question of the effects of father absent socialisation.

Authors


  •   Burbank, Victoria (external author)
  •   Senior, Kate
  •   Mcmullen, Sue (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Burbank, V., Senior, K. & McMullen, S. (2015). Precocious pregnancy, sexual conflict, and early childbearing in remote Aboriginal Australia. Anthropological Forum: a journal of social anthropology and comparative sociology, 25 (3), 243-261.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942989489

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1858

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 261

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Ideas from evolutionary theory and a consideration of social and cultural factors are used to argue that teenage pregnancy in three remote Aboriginal communities represents a strategic response to current environments characterised by pervasive and sustained risk and uncertainty. Ethnographic studies of the communities find that these environments both provoke and enable the reproductive strategies of adolescent boys and girls but raise the question of the effects of father absent socialisation.

Authors


  •   Burbank, Victoria (external author)
  •   Senior, Kate
  •   Mcmullen, Sue (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Burbank, V., Senior, K. & McMullen, S. (2015). Precocious pregnancy, sexual conflict, and early childbearing in remote Aboriginal Australia. Anthropological Forum: a journal of social anthropology and comparative sociology, 25 (3), 243-261.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942989489

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1858

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 243

End Page


  • 261

Volume


  • 25

Issue


  • 3