Fewer Men, More Babies

Fewer Men, More Babies : Sex, Family, and Fertility in Haiti

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Based on original ethnographic research conducted in rural Haiti, Timothy T. Schwartz offers an explanation for a demographic paradox that some of the most prominent sociologists and demographers of the twentieth century noted but were never able to explain: among impoverished small farmers_when more men are absent due to male wage migration_why do the women remaining behind give birth to more, not fewer, babies?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 566.99g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739128671
  • 9780739128671

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Schwartz challenges prevailing wisdom in the field of demography with a strong set of data. He shows the relationship between marriage, family, fertility, agriculture, and emigration in rural Haiti. He relates beliefs with behavior and opportunities and strategies for living. In the process he makes much sense of rural Haitian life and shows how the Haitian pattern he outlines can be seen in other islands of the Caribbean too. -- Bill Wedenoja, Missouri State University Rich, sophisticated, authentic, provocative, the work of a genuine anthropologist. -- Robert Lawless, Wichita State University
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About Timothy T. Schwartz

Timothy T. Schwartz is an independent researcher and consultant working in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Review of the Literature Chapter 3 The Commune of Jean Rabel Chapter 4 Extremely High Fertility Chapter 5 The Pronatal Sociocultural Fertility Complex Chapter 6 The Sexual Moral Economy Chapter 7 House, Yard, and Market Chapter 8 Farming and Household-Based Production Chapter 9 Fishing Chapter 10 Work, Craftsmen, and Marketing Specialists Chapter 11 Labor Demands Chapter 12 Gender and Age-Based Divisions of Labor Chapter 13 What Parents Have to Say about the Economic Utility of Children Chapter 14 Raising Children and Control over Child Labor Activities Chapter 15 Conjugal Union and the Formation of the Household Chapter 16 Polygyny, Progeny, and Production Chapter 17 Caribbean Family Patterns Chapter 18 Fewer Men, More Babies Chapter 19 A Reflexive and Critical Look at the Anthropology of the Caribbean
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