Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21793

Title: 'Endogamy, consanguinity and the health implications of changing marital choices in the UK Pakistani community
Authors: Small, Neil
Bittles, Alan H.
Petherick, Emily S.
Wright, John
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: SMALL, N. ...et al., 2016. Endogamy, consanguinity and the health implications of changing marital choices in the UK Pakistani community. Journal of Biosocial Science, In Press.
Abstract: The biraderi (brotherhood) is a long-established, widely prevalent dimension of social stratification in Pakistani communities worldwide. Alongside consanguinity, it offers a route for cementing social solidarities and so has strong sociobiological significance. A detailed breakdown of biraderi affiliation among participants in an ongoing birth cohort study in the Northern English city of Bradford is presented. There is historical resilience of intra-biraderi marriage, but with a secular decline in prevalence across all biraderi and considerable reductions in some. While a majority of marriages in all biraderi are consanguineous the prevalence varies, ranging from over 80% to under 60%. In consanguineous unions, first cousin marriages account for more than 50% in five of the 15 biraderi and >40% in six others. Within-biraderi marriage and consanguinity enhance genetic stratification, thereby increasing rates of genomic homozygosity and the increased expression of recessive genetic disorders. The trends we report constitute putative signals of generational change in the marital choices in this community.
Description: This paper is in closed access for 6 months after publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21793
Publisher Link: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=JBS
ISSN: 0021-9320
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Petherick_JBSS Biraderi May 31.pdfAccepted version187.65 kBAdobe PDFView/Open


SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.