Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change

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This book analyzes the specific demographic implications and conditioning factors of women's experience of poverty. By investigating the different experiences that women in developing countries face in attempting to escape from poverty, the contributors illustrate the importance of incorporating the gender perspective into population studies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change in Developing Countries
Part I: Overview and Critical Issues
1. Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change: Some Possible Interrelationships over Time and Space, Alaka Malwade Basu
2. Gender Inequality in Two Nepali Settings, Bhanu B. Niraula and S. Phillip Morgan
Part II: Nuptiality, Fertility, and Abortion Practices by Poverty Status
3. Quality of Life and Marital Experiences in Mexico, Orlandina de Oliveira
4. Adolescent Women in Buenos Aires: The Influence of Social Class and Gender Images on Reproductive Behaviour, Edith A. Pantelides, Graciela Infesta Dominguez, and Rosa N. Geldstein
5. Levels of Childbearing, Contraception, and Abortion in Brazil: Differentials by Poverty Status, Susheela Singh and Mario Monteiro
Part III: Strategies to Alleviate Poverty: Women's Extra-Domestic Work and Migration
6. Daughters and Wives: Marital Status, Poverty, and Young Women's Employment in Sri Lanka, Anju Malhotra and Deborah S. DeGraff
7. Class and Gender in Rural Pakistan: Differentials in Economic Activity, Zeba Sathar and Sonalde Desai
8. Female Migration in Relation to Female Labour Force Participation: Implications for the Alleviation of Poverty, Hania Zlotnik
9. Women's Status and Demographic Change: The Case of Mexico-US Migration, Katherine M. Donato and Shawn Malia Kanaiupuni
10. Household Social Dynamics and the Retention of Rural Population: A Malian Case Study of the Link between Patriarchy and the Sustained Ruralization of Sub-Saharan Africa, Michael Tawanda
Part IV: Health Care Behviour in the Context of Poverty
11. Poverty, Women's Status, and the Utilization of Health Services in Egypt, Pavalavalli Govindasamy
12. Maternal Education and Child Health: Evidence and Ideology, Sonalde Desai

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2003

    Is there hope?

    Over a billion people in the world still live in absolute and near-absolute poverty, where the former is defined as a daily income of less than $US1. Of these, the book notes that women bear more than their share. If we wish to remedy the poverty, the authors suggest analysing how and why the women in it have experiences different from men. Several articles describe how girls often get less education than boys, which then constrains their future employment prospects. Related to this are results of how poorer women have less knowledge of contraception and less means to purchase them. One such article studied lower and upper class girls in Argentina. But the results certainly apply elsewhere. One consequence is higher fertility by the poor, who have less resources to cope. So the wheel turns on another cycle. The book is scholarly and dispassionate in reporting what must really seem at times to be ineradicable suffering. I leave it to you to decide if the remedies suggested in the book will have much impact. In part, it is the sheer scale of numbers that is so daunting. Maybe we can only hope for the best with these measures.

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