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Lying Informants: A Fieldwork Experience from Ghana
Population and Development Review
Vol. 13, No. 2 (Jun., 1987), pp. 314-322
Published by: Population Council
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1973196
Page Count: 9
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During anthropological research into birth control beliefs and practices in a rural Ghanaian community, a coincidental event revealed the lies that informants had told the interviewers about sensitive aspects of their lives. The author argues that the informants had good reason to lie, but that demographers have no reason to believe them.
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