Understanding Population Trends and Processes

Understanding Family Change and Variation

Toward a Theory of Conjunctural Action

Authors: Johnson-Hanks, J.A., Bachrach, C.A., Morgan, S.P., Kohler, H.-P.

  • Provides a new theoretical framework for understanding fertility variation and change
  • Integrates family demography with social theory
  • Synthesizes knowledge from social and cognitive sciences
  • Provides a number of innovative ideas to explicate mechanisms of family change
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Fertility rates vary considerably across and within societies, and over time. Over the last three decades, social demographers have made remarkable progress in documenting these axes of variation, but theoretical models to explain family change and variation have lagged behind. At the same time, our sister disciplines—from cultural anthropology to social psychology to cognitive science and beyond—have made dramatic strides in understanding how social action works, and how bodies, brains, cultural contexts, and structural conditions are coordinated in that process. Understanding Family Change and Variation: Toward a Theory of Conjunctural Action argues that social demography must be reintegrated into the core of theory and research about the processes and mechanisms of social action, and proposes a framework through which that reintegration can occur. This framework posits that material and schematic structures profoundly shape the occurrence, frequency, and context of the vital events that constitute the object of social demography. Fertility and family behaviors are best understood as a function not just of individual traits, but of the structured contexts in which behavior occurs. This approach upends many assumptions in social demography, encouraging demographers to embrace the endogeneity of social life and to move beyond fruitless debates of structure versus culture, of agency versus structure, or of biology versus society.

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This volume authored by renowned socio-demographers is a remarkable "enterprise".

European Journal of Population 28:2 (2012)


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • The Theory of Conjunctural Action

    Johnson-Hanks, Jennifer A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

  • Consilience

    Johnson-Hanks, Jennifer A. (et al.)

    Pages 23-60

  • Fertility Change and Variation

    Johnson-Hanks, Jennifer A. (et al.)

    Pages 61-85

  • Social Class and the Timing and Context of Childbearing

    Johnson-Hanks, Jennifer A. (et al.)

    Pages 87-110

  • A Conjunctural History of Assisted Reproduction and Adoption

    Johnson-Hanks, Jennifer A. (et al.)

    Pages 111-136

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eBook $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Family Change and Variation
Book Subtitle
Toward a Theory of Conjunctural Action
Authors
Series Title
Understanding Population Trends and Processes
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1945-3
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1945-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1944-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3700-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 180
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