Situating Fertility: Anthropology and Demographic Inquiry / Edition 1

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This book's contributions indicate ways demography might take into account previously neglected historical processes, political forces, and cultural conceptions in the study of the world-wide pattern of falling birth rates. It draws on new ethnographic and historical research and approaches.
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"Surely anthropologists interested in diversity and cultural specificty should applaud this demonstration of autonomy and resistance to anthropological hegemony." Susan Cotts Watkins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521469999
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

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Conceiving reproduction: Trans-disciplinary views 1
1 Anthropology theorizes reproduction: Integrating practice, political economic, and feminist perspectives 3
2 Political-economic and cultural explanations of demographic behavior 29
The social management of fertility 53
3 Agency and fertility: For an ethnography of practice 55
4 Invisible cultures: Poor women's networks and reproductive strategies in nineteenth-century Paris 86
5 The power of names: Illegitimacy in a Muslim community in Cote d'Ivoire 108
6 Marginal members: Children of previous unions in Mende households in Sierra Leone 130
Gender, class, and clan: The social inequality of reproduction 155
7 Women's empowerment and fertility decline in western Kenya 157
8 High fertility and poverty in Sicily: Beyond the culture vs. rationality debate 179
9 History, marriage politics, and demographic events in the central Himalaya 202
10 Economics 1, culture 0: Fertility change and differences in the northwest Balkans, 1700-1900 225
Afterword: Recapturing reproduction for anthropology 259
References 264
Index 295
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