HOUSEHOLD CHANGE AND RURAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT IN MALAWI AND KENYA

Authors


*Mark Schafer, Department of Agriculture & Agribusiness, 101 Agricultural Administrative Building, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5604; e-mail: mschaf1@lsu.edu

Abstract

This study examines school enrollment in two sub-Saharan African nations, Malawi and Kenya. The article advances a refined family economy theoretical framework for understanding variations in school enrollment. It recasts family economy frameworks to consider not only how the household institution mediates a broad social change, but also how the family institution itself may be influenced by a macroinstitutional change. The findings suggest that household structural changes, as well as changes in parents’ activities and perceptions, help explain enrollment practices in rural Malawi and Kenya.

Ancillary