The Continuing Demographic Transition

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One of the most significant occurrences of this century has been the drastic decline in many countries of tragically high death and birth rates. In this collection, leading demographers, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians examine the causes of this transition and the reasons why many other countries have not followed suit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198292579
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 472
  • Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors and Editors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Fertility Transition 13
1 What Do We Now Know about Fertility Transition? 15
Pt. II Recent Insights into Demographic Transition 27
2 The First Health Transition in Australia, 1880-1910 29
3 The Demise of Universal Marriage in East and South-East Asia 51
4 An Analysis of Parity-Dependent Fertility Falls in Tropical Africa 80
5 Replacement-Level Fertility: The Implausible Endpoint of the Demographic Transition 94
6 Intergenerational Wealth Flows and the Elderly in Indonesia 111
Pt. III The Place of Culture in the Explanation of Demographic Transition 135
7 The Proper Role of Culture in Demographic Explanation 137
8 Gender and Demographic Change: What Do We Know? 158
9 Marriage Change as Moral Change: Culture, Virtue, and Demographic Transition 183
10 Orderly Theories, Disorderly Women 213
11 Numerators and Denominators in the Study of High Fertility Populations: Past and Potential Contributions from Cultural Anthropology 246
12 Contraception and Religiosity in Bangladesh 268
13 The Rise of Dowry in Bangladesh 290
14 Underinvestment in Children: A Reorganization of the Evidence on the Determinants of Child Mortality 307
15 Health Treatment Behaviour in Sri Lanka 332
Pt. IV The Place of Policy in the Explanation of Recent Fertility Declines 363
16 The Governance of Fertility Transition: Reflections on the Asian Experience 365
17 Politics, Culture, and Fertility: Transitions in Indonesia 383
18 The Role of Family Planning Programmes in Contemporary Fertility Transitions 422
Index 445
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