Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

EditorBrigida Garcia

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This book analyses the specific demographic implications and conditioning factors of women's experience of poverty. By investigating the different experiences that women in developing countries face in attempting to escape from poverty, the contributors illustrate the importance ofincorporating the gender perspective into population studies. Higher fertility levels and early nuptiality patterns among the poor are frequently attributed to socioeconomic reasons. The authors of this book demonstrate the importance of looking at other dimensions, such as the subordinate roles of women in their families of origin and the centrality ofmotherhood in women's lives. Some chapters also show how gender inequality in educational skills and cultural norms regarding motherhood, marital status, and the limiting of physical movement explain why poverty alleviation strategies such as market work and migration may have different results formen and women. Finally, other authors look into women's autonomy in household decisions as a factor that exerts a strong influence on their ability to obtain maternal and infant health care.

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This book analyses the specific demographic implications and conditioning factors of women's experience of poverty. By investigating the different experiences that women in developing countries face in attempting to escape from poverty, the contributors illustrate the importance ofincorporating the gender perspective into population st...

Brigida Garcia is a Professor-Researcher, Centre for Demographic Studies at El Colegio de Mexico.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:324 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198294867

ISBN - 13:9780198294863

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Introduction: Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change in Developing CountriesPart I: Overview and Critical Issues1. Alaka Malwade Basu: Women, Poverty, and Demographic Change: Some Possible Interrelationships over Time and Space2. Bhanu B. Niraula and S. Phillip Morgan: Gender Inequality in Two Nepali SettingsPart II: Nuptiality, Fertility, and Abortion Practices by Poverty Status3. Orlandina de Oliveira: Quality of Life and Marital Experiences in Mexico4. Edith A. Pantelides, Graciela Infesta Dominguez, and Rosa N. Geldstein: Adolescent Women in Buenos Aires: The Influence of Social Class and Gender Images on Reproductive Behaviour5. Susheela Singh and Mario Monteiro: Levels of Childbearing, Contraception, and Abortion in Brazil: Differentials by Poverty StatusPart III: Strategies to Alleviate Poverty: Women's Extra-Domestic Work and Migration6. Anju Malhotra and Deborah S. DeGraff: Daughters and Wives: Marital Status, Poverty, and Young Women's Employment in Sri Lanka7. Zeba Sathar and Sonalde Desai: Class and Gender in Rural Pakistan: Differentials in Economic Activity8. Hania Zlotnik: Female Migration in Relation to Female Labour Force Participation: Implications for the Alleviation of Poverty9. Katherine M. Donato and Shawn Malia Kanaiupuni: Women's Status and Demographic Change: The Case of Mexico-US Migration10. Michael Tawanda: Household Social Dynamics and the Retention of Rural Population: A Malian Case Study of the Link between Patriarchy and the Sustained Ruralization of Sub-Saharan AfricaPart IV: Health Care Behviour in the Context of Poverty11. Pavalavalli Govindasamy: Poverty, Women's Status, and the Utilization of Health Services in Egypt12. Sonalde Desai: Maternal Education and Child Health: Evidence and Ideology

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`these papers present many interesting findings. I would recommend particularly the studies on Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, and Zlotnik's international review.'Mary Beth Weinberger, Studies in Family Planning, Vol.32, No.1, March 2001