The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty

The Global Spread of Fertility Decline: Population, Fear, and Uncertainty

by Jay Winter, Michael Teitelbaum
     
 

The world's population has grown by five billion people over the past century, an astounding 300 percent increase. Yet it is actually the decline in family size and population growth that is the issue attracting greatest concern in many countries. This eye-opening book looks at demographic trends in Europe, North America, and Asia—areas that now have low

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Overview

The world's population has grown by five billion people over the past century, an astounding 300 percent increase. Yet it is actually the decline in family size and population growth that is the issue attracting greatest concern in many countries. This eye-opening book looks at demographic trends in Europe, North America, and Asia—areas that now have low fertility rates—and argues that there is an essential yet often neglected political dimension to a full assessment of these trends. Political decisions that promote or discourage marriage and childbearing, facilitate or discourage contraception and abortion, and stimulate or restrain immigration all have played significant roles in recent trends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300139068
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/18/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jay Winter is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University.  Michael Teitelbaum is Wertheim Fellow at the Labor and Worklife Program of Harvard Law School and  a Senior Advisor at the Alfred P Sloan Foundation in New York.  Together and separately they have written numerous scholarly works on history, politics, and sociology.
 
 

Table of Contents

Contents

ONE Globalization and Demography....................     1     

TWO European Population: Interpretations and Anxieties....................     40     

THREE Islam in Europe....................     74     

FOUR The China Trajectory....................     110     

FIVE Population and Politics in India....................     139     

SIX Japan: Family Structure, Abortion, and Fertility since 1945............     169     

SEVEN North America and NAFTA....................     207     

EIGHT Conclusion: Putting the Politics Back In....................     245     

APPENDIX A UN Projections of Total Fertility Rates for Selected Countries..     251     

APPENDIX B Effects of and Adaptations to Changing Demographic Composition:
A User's Guide....................     272     

Notes....................     287     

Index....................     323     


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