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Situating Fertility : Anthropology and Demographic Inquiry - Susan Greenhalgh

Situating Fertility

Anthropology and Demographic Inquiry

By: Susan Greenhalgh (Editor)

Paperback Published: 11th September 1995
ISBN: 9780521469999
Number Of Pages: 324

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This collection addresses the world-wide pattern of falling birth rates. Fertility has commonly been treated from a specialized demographic perspective, but there is today widespread dissatisfaction with conventional demographic approaches, which are criticized for neglecting the cultural, social, and political forces that affect reproductive behavior. For their part, anthropologists have only recently begun to apply their characteristic approaches to the study of reproduction. Drawing on new ethnographic and historical research and on a variety of theoretical approaches, the contributors to this book indicate some of the ways in which demography might take into account historical processes, political forces, and cultural conceptions.

"Surely anthropologists interested in diversity and cultural specificty should applaud this demonstration of autonomy and resistance to anthropological hegemony." Susan Cotts Watkins

Anthropology theorizes reproduction: integrating practice, political economic, and feminist perspectives
Political economic and cultural explanations of demographic behavior
Agency and fertility: for an ethnography of practice
Invisible cultures: poor women's networks and reproductive strategies in nineteenth-century Paris
The power of names: illegitimacy in a Muslim community in Cote d'Ivoire
Marginal members: the problem of children of previous unions in Mende households in Sierra Leone
Women's empowerment and fertility decline in western Kenya
High fertility and poverty in Sicily: beyond the culture versus rationality debate
History, marriage politics, and demographic events in the central Himalaya
Economics 1, Culture 0: fertility change and differences in the northwest Balkans, 1700-1900
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ISBN: 9780521469999
ISBN-10: 0521469996
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 11th September 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.48