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Changing Family Structure and Fertility Patterns: An Indian Case

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This paper analyses the relationship between the changing family structure and fertility patterns in a South Indian city. It points out that fertility decisions are made not only in relation to the couples' own marital and familial aspirations but also with regard to the social environment in which children are raised. Conditions which tend to discourage couples from having large families include the general scarcity of goods and services, limited opportunities for a good education and subsequent employment, and the dowry-dominated marriage market. This suggests that considerations governing the number of children desired are changing and that this will eventually have an impact on population growth.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada R3T 2N2.


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