Fertility and the male life-cycle in the era of fertility decline

edited by Caroline Bledsoe, Susana Lerner, Jane I. Guyer

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 is increasing 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 the number 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 an accurate 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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  • Part I Overview: male fertility trends in industrial countries - theories in search of some evidence, David Coleman
  • traditions of studying paternity in social anthropology, Jane I. Guyer. Part II Shaping male reproductive culture: the seeds of man - ethnological notes on male sexuality and fecundity among the Maya, Mario Umberto Ruiz
  • making "responsible" men - planning the family in Egypt, Kamran Asdar Ali
  • male protagonists in the "commercialization" of aspects of the female life cycle in Ghana, John Anarfi and Clara Fayorsey. Part III Men in multiple unions: men, polygyny, and fertility over the life course in sub-Saharan Africa, Ann Blanc and Anastasia Gage
  • male nuptiality and male fertility among the Qing nobility - polygyny or serial monogamy? James Lee and Wang Feng
  • dimensions of sexuality among Nigerian men - implications for fertility and reproductive health, Nosa Orobaton. Part IV Conundrums of entry into fatherhood: "someone to take my place" - fertility and the male life course among coastal Boike, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Philip Steel
  • fatherhood in east and west Germany - results of the German family and fertility survey, Katherina Pohl
  • fathers and families in contemporary Spain - from dictatorship to democracy, Pau Miret Gamundi. Part V Fatherhood of which children?: demographic patterns of motherhood and fatherhood in France, Laurent Toulemon and Evelyn Laoierre-Adamcyk
  • men, parenthood, and divorce in the era of the second demographic transition, Frances Goldscheider, Pamela Webster, and Gayle Kaufman
  • male fertility as a lifetime of relationships - contextualizing men's biological reproduction in Botswana, Nichoas Townsend.

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書名 Fertility and the male life-cycle in the era of fertility decline
著作者等 Bledsoe, Caroline H.
Guyer, Jane I.
Guyer Jane (Director Program of African Studies Northwestern University USA)
Lerner Susana (Center for Demographic and Urban Studies El Colegio de Mexico Mexico)
Lerner Susana
シリーズ名 International studies in demography
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 c2000
ページ数 x, 376 p.
大きさ 25 cm
ISBN 0198294441
NCID BA46079217
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス