Fertility and the Male Life Cycle in the Era of Fertility Decline

Hardcover | February 10, 2000

EditorCaroline Bledsoe, Susana Lerner, Jane Guyer

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This volume challenges the orthodox position on two of the main themes in fertility transition studies: the inevitable link between fewer children and quality of life and the focus on women as the sole important objects of study. In an era of unprecedented fertility decline, there isincreasing concern about the lessening worldwide role that men play in the upbringing of children. The immense worldwide variation in the timing and sequencing of a man's life course events, the rise and fall in personal forunes, and the weight of society's hierarchies, all combine to affect thenumber of children a man fathers, when he fathers them, the number of partners he fathers them with, and the kind of support and recognition he bestows on them. The cross-disciplinary approach favoured here, including ethnographies, national surveys, and historical texts, avoids the narrow focus of many fertility studies texts. By providing detailed studies on a variety of countries ranging from Germany to Papua New Guinea, the contributors build anaccurate picture of the global situation, while two Overview chapters give a wider perspective, and the Introduction synthesizes the themes identified and conclusions reached.

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This volume challenges the orthodox position on two of the main themes in fertility transition studies: the inevitable link between fewer children and quality of life and the focus on women as the sole important objects of study. In an era of unprecedented fertility decline, there isincreasing concern about the lessening worldwide role...

Caroline Bledsoe is Professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Susana Lerner is Professor of Demography and Coordinator of the Research Program on Population Policies, Institutional Mediations, and Reproductive Behavior at the Center for Demographic and Urban Studies, El Colegio de Mexico. Jane I. Guyer ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:386 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:February 10, 2000Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Introduction Caroline Bledsoe, Jane I. Guyer, and Susana LernerPart I Overview1 Male Fertility Trends in Industrial Countries: Theories in search of some evidence David Coleman2 Traditions of Studying Paternity in Social Anthropology Jane I. GuyerPart II Shaping Male Reproductive Culture3 The Seeds of Man: Ethnological Notes on Male Sexuality and Fecundity among the Maya Mario Umberto Ruiz4 Making 'Responsible' Men: Planning the Family in Egypt Kamran Asdar Ali5 Male Protagonists in the 'Commercialization' of Aspects of the Female Life Cycle in Ghana John Anarfi and Clara FayorseyPart III Men in Multiple Unions6 Men, Polygyny, and Fertility over the Life Course in sub-Saharan Africa Ann Blanc and Anastasia Gage7 Male Nuptiality and Male Fertility among the Qing Nobility: Polygyny or Serial Monogamy? James Lee and Wang Feng8 Dimensions of Sexuality among Nigerian Men: Implications for Fertility and Reproductive Health Nosa OrobatonPart IV Conundrums of Entry into Fatherhood9 'Someone to Take my Place': Fertility and the Male Life Course among Coastal Boike, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea Philip Steel10 Fatherhood in East and West Germany: Results of the German Family and Fertility Survey Katherina Pohl11 Fathers and Families in Contemporary Spain: From Dictatorship to Democracy Pau Miret GamundiPart V Fatherhood of Which Children?12 Demographic Patterns of Motherhood and Fatherhood in France Laurent Toulemon and Evelyn Laoierre-Adamcyk13 Men, Parenthood, and Divorce in the Era of the Second Demographic Transition Frances Goldscheider, Pamela Webster, and Gayle Kaufman14 Male Fertility as a Lifetime of Relationships: Contextualizing Men's Biological Reproduction in Botswana Nichoas TownsendIndexContributors

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`This volume of high-quality contributions marks the long-overdue recognition in demography of the male as a subject of equivalent significance and complexity to the the female in matters of human reproduction. ... This volume should be required reading for demographers. ... Nicolas Townsendoutstanding chapter on Botswana, ... By problematizing a fundamental biological category, this volume succeeds in putting many fresh issues onto the research agenda.'Simon Szreter, PDR 27(1)