Dynamics of Values in Fertility Change

Hardcover | December 1, 1998

EditorRichard Leete, Ricahrd Leete

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The global transformation in the number of children women bear has been one of the most remarkable changes in social behaviour in the twentieth century. The search for explanations of the causes in childbearing behaviour, and particularly in the values attached to children, remains a centralresearch preoccupation of population scientists. This book explores the dimensions of values identified as significant in their impact on fertility decisions. It offers a range of perspectives on a mosaic of values perceived to be of importance in influencing the bearing and caring of children. The book examines the macro and micro theories of the value of children, and considers the multi-dimensional nature of value change. The chapters explore the nature of the mechanisms by which value change may serve to reinforce or promote the ideational essence of change and the impact of pressuresfor change. It is observed that gender, religion, and culture, all function as complementary lenses through which the necessity of value maintenance or modification is viewed. The book concludes that fertility behaviour is value-driven, but that fertility change is not necessarily driven by value change. The values of most significance to fertility are more fundamental and general values, rather than explicit 'fertility values'.

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The global transformation in the number of children women bear has been one of the most remarkable changes in social behaviour in the twentieth century. The search for explanations of the causes in childbearing behaviour, and particularly in the values attached to children, remains a centralresearch preoccupation of population scientis...

Richard Leete is at United Nations Population Fund.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:December 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198294395

ISBN - 13:9780198294399

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Table of Contents

1. Richard Leete: Introduction and OverviewPart I: The Value of Children2. Debra Friedman, Michael Hechter, and Satoshi Kanazawa: Theories of the Value of ChildrenPart II: The Multi-dimensional Nature of Value Change3. Gigi Santow and Michael Bracher: Traditional Families and Fertility Decline: Lessons from Australia's Southern Europeans4. John Simons: The Cultural Significance of Western Fertility Trends in the 1980s5. Gijs C. N. Beets, Aart C. Liefbroer, and Jenny de Jong Gierveld: Changes in Fertility Values and Behaviour: A Life Course Perspective6. Robert D. Retherford, Naohiro Ogawa, and Satomi Sakamoto: Values and Fertility Change in Japan7. Ronald R. Rindfuss, Karin L. Brewster, and Andrew L. Kavee: Women, Work, and Children: Behavioural and Ideational Change in the United StatesPart III: Mechanisms of Value Change8. Mark R. Montgomery and Woojin Chung: Social Networks and the Diffusion of Fertility Control in the Republic of Korea9. Luis Rosero Bixby: Interaction, Diffusion, and Fertility Transition in Costa Rica: Quantitative and Qualitative Evidence10. Charles Westoff: Mass Communication and Fertility11. Vilmar E. Faria and Joseph E. Potter: Television, Telenovela, and Fertility Change in North-East BrazilPart IV: Gender Values, Religion, Kinship, and Fertility Change12. Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer: Fairness and Fertility: The Meaning of Son Preference in Morocco13. Kevin McQuillan: Religious Values and Fertility Decline: Catholics and Lutherans in Alsace, 1750-187014. Calvin Goldscheider: Religious Values, Dependencies, and Fertility: Evidence and Implications from Israel15. Kofi Benefo: Cultural Perspectives on West African Fertility Changes16. Ahmed Al Sabir and John Simons: Worldliness and Fertility Control: Cultural Attributes of Contraceptive Users among Rural Bangladeshi WomenPart V: Conclusion18. John B Casterline: Conclusions