Thinking About Children: Sociology and Fertility in Post-War England

Thinking About Children: Sociology and Fertility in Post-War England

by Joan Busfield, Michael Paddon
     
 

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The dynamics of population change in general and changes in family size and spacing in particular are long-standing issues of intense controversy and concern. So too, are the methods of explanation employed by social scientists in studying these and other social phenomena. Originally published in 1977, this book offered an account of a research programme designed to…  See more details below

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The dynamics of population change in general and changes in family size and spacing in particular are long-standing issues of intense controversy and concern. So too, are the methods of explanation employed by social scientists in studying these and other social phenomena. Originally published in 1977, this book offered an account of a research programme designed to explain the changes in fertility in post-war England, and it offered a contribution to both debates. First, the authors provide an account of the factors that influenced family size and spacing in the post-war period, rejecting both classical population theory on the Malthusian model and more recent economic theories of fertility. Second, the authors discuss the weaknesses of the survey techniques and the associated methods of inference that formed the basis of their research design, as methods for producing explanations of social phenomena.

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ISBN-13:
9780521134477
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2010
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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