The Continuing Demographic Transition

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G. W. Jones, R. M. Douglas, J. C. Caldwell, R. M. D'Souza
Clarendon Press, Jan 29, 1998 - Social Science - 464 pages
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From the perspective of human society, one of the most significant occurrences of the twentieth century has been the demographic transition —- the movement from tragic and wastefully high death and birth rates to low rates in many countries. Many other countries, however, are still at only the early or intermediate stages of this process. In these countries, means need to be found to accelerate the transition. This book brings new evidence to bear on aspects of the demographic trasition, with contributions from leading demographers, anthropologists, sociologists, and historians. The book ranges widely over the history and current experience of both developed and developing countries, with particular emphasis on Asia and Africa. The new field of anthropological demography is strongly represented, with contributions challenging much conventional wisdom.
 

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Contents

What Do We Now Know about Fertility Transition?
15
RECENT INSIGHTS INTO DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITION
27
The First Health Transition in Australia 18801910
29
The Demise of Universal Marriage in East and SouthEast Asia
51
An Analysis of ParityDependent Fertility Falls in Tropical Africa
80
ReplacementLevel Fertility The Implausible Endpoint of the Demographic Transition
94
Intergenerational Wealth Flows and the Elderly in Indonesia
111
THE PLACE OF CULTURE IN THE EXPLANATION OF DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSITION
135
Numerators and Denominators in the Study of High Fertility Populations Past and Potential Contributions from Cultural Anthropology
246
Contraception and Religiosity in Bangladesh
268
The Rise of Dowry in Bangladesh
290
Underinvestment in Children A Reorganization of the Evidence on the Determinants of Child Mortality
307
Health Treatment Behaviour in Sri Lanka
332
THE PLACE OF POLICY IN THE EXPLANATION OF RECENT FERTILITY DECLINES
363
The Governance of Fertility Transition Reflections on the Asian Experience
365
Politics Culture and Fertility Transitions in Indonesia
383

The Proper Role of Culture in Demographic Explanation
137
Gender and Demographic Change What Do We Know?
158
Marriage Change as Moral Change Culture Virtue and Demographic Transition
183
Orderly Theories Disorderly Women
213
The Role of Family Planning Programmes in Contemporary Fertility Transitions
422
Index
445
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