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Barren States : The Population Implosion - Carrie B. Douglass

Barren States

The Population Implosion

Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9781845200497
Number Of Pages: 282

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The fertility rate has dramatically declined across Europe in recent years. Globally, over sixty-four countries have fallen below generation replacement levels and countries in eastern and southern Europe are registering the lowest birth rates in the history of humanity. Demographers emphasize that these developments could have serious repercussions for society and public policy - from a projected drastic loss of national population numbers to labor shortages and a swelling population of over-65s. Typically, analysts have approached the issue of low fertility quantitatively and from state levels. As a result, most research tends to elide any nuanced understanding of this significant trend. Filling a major gap, this timely book goes well beyond existing studies to investigate how people experience, understand and speak about what is called "low fertility." On the individual level, is there such a thing? How do people understand their choices and the perceived limitations on their lives? What is the meaning of motherhood for women today? How has the definition of "family" changed? What are the particularities of fertility decline in each country?And, perhaps most importantly, what does this tendency toward fewer births mean to the women and men who ultimately become demographic statistics? Offering new readings and a much deeper understanding of Europe's decline in fertility, this exciting book adds the voices of everyday people to previous state-centered studies. Overturning a number of assumptions, case studies show that having fewer children is often understood positively in Europe as a means to freedom and self-empowerment. Anyone wishing to understand what low fertility means to the people who live it will find this book essential reading.

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Winner for the Most Notable Recent Edited Collection Book Prize for 2006, Council on the Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) 'Each tightly written essay provides a challenging thesis; gives a historical and contemporary overview; marshals research scholarship; and draws an insightful and compelling conclusion. Excellent for college classes, including graduate courses, in sociology, gender studies, and European studies. Summing up: Highly recommended.' Choice Magazine (February 2006)

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Matter of Free Choice? Some Structural and Cultural Influences on the Decision to Have or Not to Have Children in Norwayp. 29
"Now It is Completely the Other Way Around": Political Economics of Fertility in Re-unified Germanyp. 49
"Our Nation is Dying": Interpreting Patterns of Childbearing in Post-Soviet Russiap. 73
The Economy of Birthrates in the Czech Republicp. 93
A Quest for Belonging: The Bulgarian Demographic Crisis, Emigration and the Postsocialist Generationsp. 115
Underfertility's Challenge to Family and Gender Relations in Urban Greecep. 137
"Toys and Perfumes": Imploding Italy's Population Paradox and Motherly Mythsp. 159
"We're Fine at Home": Young People, Family and Low Fertility in Spainp. 183
Making Family: Depopulation and Social Crisis in Francep. 207
Bodies Coming and Going: Women and Fertility in Postmodern Irelandp. 229
A Reflection on Barren States: The Demographic Paradoxes of Consumer Capitalismp. 249
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9781845200497
ISBN-10: 1845200497
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 1st April 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1