Fertility Rates and Population Decline: No Time for Children?

Fertility Rates and Population Decline: No Time for Children?

Hardback Palgrave MacMillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life

Edited by Ann Buchanan, Edited by Anna Rotkirch

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 218mm x 26mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 8 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137030380
  • ISBN 13: 9781137030382
  • Illustrations note: 34 figures
  • Sales rank: 1,224,340

Product description

While much of the world worries about increasing population, this book looks the other way. It highlights the dramatic fall in fertility rates in all regions of the world. Demographers suggest that by 2050 this will lead to population decline. While environmentally this may be welcomed, there may also be negative impacts on our economies: less workers, an increasing number of elderly, and more unwanted childlessness. In this book, key experts untangle the reasons for not having children; international case studies demonstrate that there are similar but also different reasons operating in different areas and psychologists and sociologists explore the possible impact on children, parents and the elderly. Given that fertility trends are not easy to reverse, the book concludes that more needs to be done to maximize the potential of all children; particularly those who have been at the margins of society.

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Author information

Ann Buchanan is Director of the Centre for Research into Parenting and Children, University of Oxford, UK. Anna Rotkirch is Research Director at the Population Research Institute, Vaestoliitto, Finland.

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Table of contents

1. No Time for Children? The Key Questions; Ann Buchanan & Anna Rotkirch 2. Demographic Transitions and Familial Change: Comparative International Perspectives; David Reher 3. The Growth of the One-Child Family and Other Changes in the Low Fertility Countries of Asia; Gavin W. Jones 4. Childlessness: Choice and Circumstances, Chance and Change; John Haskey 5. Population Decline - Facing an Inevitable Destiny?; David Coleman & Bob Rowthorn 6. Why are Women Having Fewer Babies? The Views of Mumsnet Users; Justine Roberts, Kate Williams & Ann Buchanan 7. Young Women's Relationships, Contraception and Unintended Pregnancy in the United States; Jennifer S. Barber, Yasamin Kusunoki, Heather H. Gatny & Jennifer Yarger 8. Crisis and Control: Russia's Dramatic Fertility Decline and Efforts to Increase it; Brienna Perelli-Harris & Olga Issoupova 9. The Choice of Having a Second Child and Its Implication on the Future Family Structure in China; Zhenzhen Zheng 10. Childbearing and the Impact of HIV: The South African Experience; Lorna Benton & Marie-Louise Newell 11. Declining Fertility, Television and the (Mis)Representation of Motherhood; Stuart Basten 12. What Will be the Impact of the Well-being of Children?; Ann Buchanan 13. Falling Fertility, Ageing and the Demographic Deficit; Sarah Harper 14. The Impact on Mothers: Managing the Competing Needs; Ann Buchanan 15. Baby Fever and Longing for Children; Anna Rotkirch 16. Family Policy and Fertility: Do Policies Make a Difference?; Anne Gautier 17. Investing in Early Childhood; Gosta Esping-Andersen 18. Making Time for Children; Ann Buchanan & Anna Rotkirch