Barren States: The Population Implosion in Europe by Carrie B. Douglass

By Carrie B. Douglass

The fertility expense has dramatically declined throughout Europe in recent times. Globally over sixty four nations have fallen less than iteration substitute degrees and nations in japanese and southern Europe are registering the bottom delivery charges in historical past. those advancements can have severe repercussions for society and public policy--from a projected drastic lack of nationwide inhabitants numbers to hard work shortages and a swelling inhabitants of individuals over sixty five. This well timed publication investigates how humans adventure what's referred to as "low fertility." How do humans comprehend their offerings and the perceived obstacles on their lives? what's the that means of motherhood for girls at the present time? And what does this tendency towards fewer births suggest those that finally turn into demographic facts?

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2 Through this ethnographically based qualitative material I cannot point to any direct causality between birthrate and individual choices. e. why they want to have children, when to have children and how many children to have). Through these women’s stories I discern the tension between the relational and individualistic values, which the women themselves seemed to find relevant as a context for the child-choice, and which in turn influence the overall birthrate of Norway. There is, however, one context noticeable for its absence in these women’s stories, a context that I nevertheless believe is of importance.

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