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Fertility Transition in South India

S. Irudaya Rajan (Editor) Christophe Z. Guilmoto (Editor)
Synopsis The alleged population problem and its many presumed consequences figure prominently in the development discourse concerning India. Surprisingly, however, the fertility decline witnessed by South India--a region of more than 200 million inhabitants which crossed the replacement-level fertility rate in the mid-1990s--has received very little attention. This volume brings together 13 well-researched and original essays which describe and analyse the trajectory of fertility decline in South Indian States of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Documenting the fact that the fertility decline occurred in regions with vast differences in development indicators, the contributors argue that this transition must be understood as a cumulative result of several factors including family planning policies, socio-economic transformation, and changes in social perceptions towards fertility, contraception, marriage, family and child rearing. Combining various qualitative and quantitative techniques with field studies and historical analysis, the contributors go beyond the formal tools of demography and develop an original Geographical Information System (GIS), a spatialized database encompassing South Indian districts. Overall, this volume underlines the need to look at demographic change as a diversified and contextual process, rather than as a direct outcome of economic development. It will be of interest to scholars and students of population studies, geography, social demography, women's studies and health. It will also be a useful resource for NGOs and policymakers.
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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 Fertility Transition in South India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178294184
length 460p., Tables; Maps; Plates; Figures.