Household Forms and Composition: Iran and Afghanistan
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Households vary with class and location. Traditional agricultural/pastoral households contain an extended patrilineal/patrilocal family spanning several generations, forming a production and consumption unit with complementary sexual division of labor. In urban and non-agricultural households women do not produce much (except children); they prepare food and provide care with materials provided by the men. These households change to nuclear family patterns earlier than agricultural ones under th…

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Friedl, Erika Loeffler, “Household Forms and Composition: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0090c>
First published online: 2009



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