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Kerala's Demographic Transition : Determinants and Consequences

K.C. Zachariah (Editor) S. Irudaya Rajan (Editor)
Synopsis The state of Kerala has been the focus of considerable international attention for its success in several key areas of the social sector including literacy, education, health and family planning. An area in which Kerala has done remarkably well is in demographic transition--namely, changes in the birth and death rates and in the age structure of the population. At the same time, Kerala has a relatively poor record in industrial production and agricultural growth. This would appear to be an anomaly since the widely held belief is that declines in fertility and mortality rates are primarily a consequence of high economic growth rates. The purpose of this volume is to understand the reasons why Kerala was able to achieve its demographic transition even in the absence of corresponding buoyancy in the economic sectors in order to draw lessons for both other Indian states and other developing nations. Among the aspects discussed by the contributors are the nature of this transition; the role played by education, age at marriage and the use of contraceptives; the causes and consequences of population ageing; the impact of both internal and external migration; and possible future patterns of population growth and age structure and their socioeconomic implications.
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About the author

S. Irudaya Rajan

S. Irudaya Rajan is an Associate Fellow at the centre for Development Studies (CDS), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He is a lead author of the book, India's Elderly: Burden or Challenge? (1999) published by Sage Publications. Another publication, 'An Aging India: Perspectives, Prospects and Policies', a new book edited by Irudaya Rajan and Phoebe Liebing of Andrus Geronntology Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has just been released by Haworth Press, USA. Currently, he is coordinating two major research projects, Care of the Elderly and Healthy Ageing. He has co-authored/co-edited several books as well as articles in national and international journals.

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Title Kerala's Demographic Transition : Determinants and Consequences
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1997
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170366453
length 367p., Tables.