Understanding Consensual Unions As A Form Of Family Formation In Urban Accra

ABSTRACT Consensual unions as an alternative form of family formation is a growing phenomenon in especially urban centres in Africa, including Ghana. This qualitative study was aimed at exploring the lived experiences of persons in consensual unions. The research was conducted in the urban space of Accra and the target population was all persons who at the time of the study were in consensual unions. With the use of purposive sampling technique, a total of thirty-one participants were selected for the study. The life history interviewing approach was used in primary data collection. The data was organised and analysed by doing a thematic network analysis. Further analyses were done with secondary data obtained from journals, books, newspapers, and related websites. It was revealed in the study that there is a gendered experience of consensual unions. For female research participants their unions served the purposes of livelihood strategy, an escape route, an avenue for intimate relations and a way of rehearsing for marriage. Male participants, entry into their union was primarily a mark of their maturity and masculinity. Whilst women mostly conceptualised their unions as a precursor to marriage, their partners were more likely to conceptualise it as an alternative to marriage. These different realities translated into the lived experiences of persons in such unions. The experiences include, pressures from the family, church, friends and neighbours to convert the unions into marriage, intimate partner violence and sanctions from extended kin. The study showed that based on these experiences, persons in consensual unions accordingly devised management strategies. The contribution of this thesis to knowledge is that it has shown the gendered conceptualisation of consensual unions either as a precursor or an alternative to marriage and the everyday experiences of persons in these unions.

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APA

OBENG-HINNEH, R (2021). Understanding Consensual Unions As A Form Of Family Formation In Urban Accra. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/understanding-consensual-unions-as-a-form-of-family-formation-in-urban-accra

MLA 8th

OBENG-HINNEH, ROSEMARY "Understanding Consensual Unions As A Form Of Family Formation In Urban Accra" Afribary. Afribary, 07 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/understanding-consensual-unions-as-a-form-of-family-formation-in-urban-accra. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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OBENG-HINNEH, ROSEMARY . "Understanding Consensual Unions As A Form Of Family Formation In Urban Accra". Afribary, Afribary, 07 Apr. 2021. Web. 25 Jul. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/understanding-consensual-unions-as-a-form-of-family-formation-in-urban-accra >.

Chicago

OBENG-HINNEH, ROSEMARY . "Understanding Consensual Unions As A Form Of Family Formation In Urban Accra" Afribary (2021). Accessed July 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/understanding-consensual-unions-as-a-form-of-family-formation-in-urban-accra