The Handbook of World Families provides a cross-cultural perspective on the family by examining family life in 25 countries worldwide. The countries included in this volume are organized by six world regions including Africa, Asia/South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America - offering readers the most thorough and balanced cross-cultural examination of world families available. Editors Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost, along with contributions by top family studies experts from around the world, ensure reliable, cutting-edge research and perspectives.

Families in Kenya

Families in Kenya
Edward K.Mburugu, Bert N.Adams


The Republic of Kenya is situated on the upraised part of the eastern portion of the African continent, astride the Equatorial latitude. The northernmost part of Kenya (i.e., the Ilemi Triangle) is just above 5° north latitude, while the southernmost land (i.e., the small islands including Ras Jimbo to the south of Shimoni village, in Kwale District) is at 4°40′ south latitude. Longitudinally, Kenya extends from 33°83′ east longitude (i.e., from Sumba, Mfangano, Ilemba, and the Pyramid Islands on Lake Victoria) to 41°75.5′ east longitude (i.e., the location of Mandera Town). Currently, Kenya has an estimated population of 32.2 million, which is projected to increase to 33.4 million by 2005 (Central Bureau of Statistics [CBS], 2002, pp. ...

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