BN.com Gift Guide

More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want [NOOK Book]

Overview

In the capital of Ghana, a teenager nicknamed ?Condom Sister? trolls the streets to educate other young people about contraception. Her work and her own aspirations point to a remarkable shift not only in the West African nation, where just a few decades ago women had nearly seven children on average, but around the globe. While world population continues to grow, family size keeps dropping in countries as diverse as Switzerland and South Africa.The phenomenon has some lamenting the imminent extinction of ...
See more details below
More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$16.49
BN.com price
(Save 45%)$29.99 List Price

Overview

In the capital of Ghana, a teenager nicknamed “Condom Sister” trolls the streets to educate other young people about contraception. Her work and her own aspirations point to a remarkable shift not only in the West African nation, where just a few decades ago women had nearly seven children on average, but around the globe. While world population continues to grow, family size keeps dropping in countries as diverse as Switzerland and South Africa.The phenomenon has some lamenting the imminent extinction of humanity, while others warn that our numbers will soon outgrow the planet’s resources. Robert Engelman offers a decidedly different vision—one that celebrates women’s widespread desire for smaller families. Mothers aren’t seeking more children, he argues, but more for their children. If they’re able to realize their intentions, we just might suffer less climate change, hunger, and disease, not to mention sky-high housing costs and infuriating traffic jams. In More, Engelman shows that this three-way dance between population, women’s autonomy, and the natural world is as old as humanity itself. He traces pivotal developments in our history that set population—and society—on its current trajectory, from hominids’ first steps on two feet to the persecution of “witches” in Europe to the creation of modern contraception. Both personal and sweeping, More explores how population growth has shaped modern civilization—and humanity as we know it.

The result is a mind-stretching exploration of parenthood, sex, and culture through the ages. Yet for all its fascinating historical detail, More is primarily about the choices we face today. Whether society supports women to have children when and only when they choose to will not only shape their lives, but the world all our children will inherit.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Population and Development Review

"Clear and accessible . . . engagingly written . . ."
The Reporter (Population Connection)

"Robert Engelman has published his first and long anticipated book, More... It's a treasure trove of anthropological anecdotes for us who work to stabilize population through voluntary measures."
Choice

"Journalist Engelman brings a discerning eye to the literature on population trends, environmental sustainability, and women's efforts to control their reproductive lives."

— B. Bianco

Washington Post

“Useful and illuminating…”

The Reporter (Population Connection) - Marian Starkey

“Robert Engelman has published his first and long anticipated book, More... It’s a treasure trove of anthropological anecdotes for us who work to stabilize population through voluntary measures.”

Choice - B. Bianco

"Journalist Engelman brings a discerning eye to the literature on population trends, environmental sustainability, and women's efforts to control their reproductive lives."
Plenty Magazine

"More offers an astute and compassionate look at the complex topic through the fresh lens of women's rights and their role in population control."
SEED Magazine

"Engelman...passionately argues that the best way to stem this growth is to empower women to control their own reproduction, yielding the smaller, more stable families they usually desire."
Earth Island Journal

"More gives us a well-researched overview of fertility and women's desire to control it, delivering an entertaining array of theories and scientific findings from historical, sociological, anthropological, and cultural perspectives....He strikes a great balance of academia, wit, and humor..."
Alternatives Journal

"How do women's reproductive choices affect global population and environmental health? Despite his provocative subtitle, Engelman answers this question with humility, humor, and great deal of research."
Salon

"…convincingly champions women's reproductive rights the world over."
CHOICE

"Journalist Engelman brings a discerning eye to the literature on population trends, environmental sustainability, and women's efforts to control their reproductive lives."
The Washington Post

"Useful and illuminating."
Professor of Sociology, Boston College and author of Born to Buy - Juliet Schor

"Population growth is emerging from its contentious history as a hot new topic. For anyone who wants to understand what's at stake, Robert Engelman's dazzling new book is essential reading. The writing is engaging, the material fascinating, and the topic vital. More is marvellous!"
President, International Center for Research on Women - Geeta Rao Gupta

"With engaging prose, Engelman takes readers on a delightful journey—that both entertains and educates – of modern civilization and women's central role to ensuring the economic and social well-being of their families, communities, nations and the global community."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle - Rick Atkinson

"An astute and lively rumination that examines both the past and future of our planet. Robert Engelman's More is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking."
author of The Mommy Brain and coauthor of The New Economy of Nature - Katherine Ellison

"Full of surprises, More is a fresh reminder to pay attention to the too-often hidden crux of our environmental crisis: the unsustainable rate of human population growth."
Mauzé Professor of Populations, author of How Many People Can Support the Earth? - Joel E. Cohen

"This provocative, well-reasoned, and eminently readable book deserves a wide audience. The connections Engelman draws between opportunity for women and sustainable population are at once commonsensical and inspired."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597264464
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • File size: 581 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Engelman is Vice President for Programs at the Worldwatch Institute. Formerly Vice President for Research at Population Action International and Founding Secretary of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he has served on the faculty of Yale University. His writing has appeared in Nature, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction Uncrowding Eden 1

1 Henrietta's Ideal 11

2 The Population Growers 31

3 Outbound 56

4 The Grandmother of Invention 80

5 A Sense of Timing 99

6 Axial Age 125

7 Punishing Eve 140

8 Age of Enlightenment 158

9 Zen and the Art of Population Maintenance 177

10 The Return of Nature 215

Notes 243

Bibliography 267

Index 287

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    History... Reality... Hope

    Where we came from is lost in the mists of time but for the reasoned, scholarly work of many others. We're human beings, either male or female, and sex is how we got here... and keep getting here. 'More' by Robert Engelman fleshes out that distant past, then covers the journey we've made as reality not myth. And in the face of impending disaster from our sheer numbers he offers real hope... from something so incredibly simple as accepting the contributions of women. Since the 'Axial Age' we have tended to dismiss the value of half the population of the world... maybe it's time we learned to listen... this is our second chance, and maybe our only second chance. This book is solid, readable, and dispassionately enlightened... all under the Aegis of his passionate love of human beings.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)