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Fertility and Household Labour in Tanzania: Demography, Economy, and Society in Rufiji District, C.1870-1986

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Combining demography, history, and sociology, this book offers a new methodology for the study of African fertility and a new definition of the role of household demography in agrarian economies. It provides a useful perspective on the ways in which human reproduction both reflects upon and reacts with the reproduction trends of society and economy in coastal Tanzania. Part I asserts a political economy of changing fertility; Part II studies the implications of demographic patterns for people's work-loads and ...

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Overview

Combining demography, history, and sociology, this book offers a new methodology for the study of African fertility and a new definition of the role of household demography in agrarian economies. It provides a useful perspective on the ways in which human reproduction both reflects upon and reacts with the reproduction trends of society and economy in coastal Tanzania. Part I asserts a political economy of changing fertility; Part II studies the implications of demographic patterns for people's work-loads and economic fortunes at the individual and household levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198287544
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Historical Demography of Coastal Tanzania 23
Appendix 1.1 Population of Rufiji District, 1913-86 42
2 The Proximate Determinants of Fertility 44
Appendix 2.1 Calculation of the Bongaarts and Potter Indices 56
3 The Historical Roots of a Fertility Regime 58
4 Twentieth-century Transformations 69
5 Interpretations of Change 86
6 Labour and Land in Mng'aru 117
7 Inequality and Accumulation in Mng'aru 132
8 Households and Life Cycles in Mng'aru: Norms and Patterns 142
9 Household Demography and Patterns of Work 163
Conclusion 183
References 187
Index 201
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