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Fertility, class, and gender in Britain, 1860-1940

Author: Simon Szreter
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Series: Cambridge studies in population, economy, and society in past time, 27.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers an original interpretation of the history of falling fertilities in Britain between 1860 and 1940. It integrates the approaches of the social sciences and of demographic, feminist, and labour history with intellectual, social, and political history. It exposes the conceptual and statistical inadequacies of the orthodox picture of a national, unitary class-differential fertility decline, and presents  Read more...
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Szreter, Simon.
Fertility, class, and gender in Britain, 1860-1940.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996
(DLC) 94042262
(OCoLC)31707671
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Szreter
ISBN: 0585031576 9780585031576 9780521343435 0521343437
OCLC Number: 42854455
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 704 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 1. The construction and the study of the fertility decline in Britain: social science and history --
2. Social classification of occupations and the GRO in the nineteenth century --
3. Social classification and nineteenth-century naturalistic social science --
4. The emergence of a social explanation of class inequalities among environmentalists, 1901-1904 --
5. The emergence of the professional model as the official system of social classification, 1905-1928 --
6. A test of the coherence of the professional model of class-differential fertility decline --
7. Multiple fertility declines in Britain: occupational variation in completed fertility and nuptiality --
8. How was fertility controlled? The spacing versus stopping debate and the culture of abstinence --
9. A general approach to fertility change and the history of falling fertilities in England and Wales --
10. Social class, communities, gender and nationalism in the study of fertility change.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in population, economy, and society in past time, 27.
Responsibility: Simon Szreter.

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This book examines the dramatic fall in family size in Britain between 1860 and 1940. It overturns current thinking and presents new and surprising findings about the importance of sexual abstinence  Read more...

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