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Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development

Gender-Biased Sex Selection in South Korea, India and Vietnam

Assessing the Influence of Public Policy

Authors: Rahm, Laura

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  • Provides an in-depth analysis of anti-sex selection policies
  • Includes 117 key informant interviews, participant observations and demographic data analysis
  • Results point to policy inefficiency and the limitations of policy transfer
  • Relevant for academics and practitioners concerned with gender equality
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This book provides an in-depth analysis of the influence of public policy on sex selection. Three Asian countries were chosen for the comparative policy analysis, namely South Korea, India and Vietnam that share in common a historical legacy of son preference, high levels of sex imbalances and active policy response to curbing the growing demographic masculinization of their nations. The research based on the data collected from field work in the three countries shows that despite the adoption of very similar anti-sex selection policies the outcomes have been markedly different for each of the three countries. These unexpected diverse outcomes are explained partly by their different historical and cultural contexts, and partly to the different social, political and economic institutions and dynamics. This monograph offers careful and detailed explanations of both within and across country diversities in policy outcomes, pointing to the importance and the limits of cross-national policy learning and adoption, and raising questions about the efficacy of international organizations’ current approaches to global policy and knowledge transfer.

About the authors

Laura Rahm is Postdoctoral Fellow in Political Sociology at the Center for Population and Development (CEPED). She specializes in public policies and programs against son preference, gender-biased sex selection and other harmful practices. Her recent publications appeared in Population and Development Review, Critique Internationale, and Men and Masculinities Journal. Laura holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Passau and a PhD in Political Sociology and Demography from Sorbonne University Paris. She serves as a consultant and trainer in the first Global Programme to Prevent Son Preference and Gender-biased Sex Selection carried out by UNFPA with funding from the EU. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-20234-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-20233-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender-Biased Sex Selection in South Korea, India and Vietnam
Book Subtitle
Assessing the Influence of Public Policy
Authors
Series Title
Demographic Transformation and Socio-Economic Development
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-20234-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-20234-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-20233-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVI, 340
Number of Illustrations
53 b/w illustrations
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