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Abernethy, Virginia

Works: 12 works in 73 publications in 1 language and 1,993 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HD1445, 338.1
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Most widely held works about Virginia Abernethy
Most widely held works by Virginia Abernethy
Population politics : the choices that shape our future by Virginia Abernethy( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 836 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United Nations has stated that the 1990s are the last possible decade for regulating fertility rates so that populations do not grow beyond the earth's capacity to sustain human life. Demographic experts are confounded by the persistence of high fertility in light of a number of circumstances that were expected to cause a decline, such as international dissemination of technical assistance and capital; improved health care conditions to lower the risk of infant mortality; increased opportunities to develop literacy in men and women; the democratization of governments; and several decades of liberal immigration and refugee policies favoring third-world nations. Population Politics brilliantly dissects the paradigm responsible for the counterproductive efforts of nations and international agencies. Virginia D. Abernethy, Ph. D., a renowned anthropologist, shows why support offered in the name of a "demographic transition" has been misdirected; why policies which do not encourage caution and restraint hamper the shift to lower fertility. Ireland, Indonesia, Cuba, China, Turkey, and Egypt are a few of the countries to which Dr. Abernethy looks, showing how economic, sociocultural, and agricultural factors have been both a cause of population growth and a way-of attempting to stabilize population size. The author stresses that motivation is the key to birth control and, using historical and cross-cultural data, hypothesizes that perception of limited resources is the chief stimulus. Renewed interest in limiting family size is seen in third-world countries, such as Sudan and Burma, where traditional patterns of delaying first births and increasing the interval between having one child and the next are reviving. Dr Abernethy proceeds with a fascinating critical perspective on population growth in the United States, relating it to twentieth-century industrialization, urbanization, fluctuations in the economy, and an "open door" immigration policy. All sectors of society have been affected. A growing population drives exploitation of the environment; the swelling workforce also undercuts the value of labor and is a disincentive to investing in ways that raise productivity. Population Politics: The Choices that Shape Our Future is a provocative examination of the influence of aid and liberal immigration policies on world population growth, and the role the United States is taking as an industrial power. It will enlighten the lay reader, as well as demographers and epidemiologists, conservationists, reproduction and family planning specialists, agricultural economists, and public health personnel
Population pressure and cultural adjustment by Virginia Abernethy( Book )

21 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 540 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Integrating research from anthropology, biology, and history, this book proposes a theory of demographic equilibrium. The author's hypothesis is that human beings, like many other species, are able to adjust their population numbers to the carrying capacity of the environment. Virginia Deane Abernethy points out that in response to perception of scarcity or abundance of resources, culturally mediated values, beliefs and behavioral patterns are modified in ways that can either raise or lower rates of population growth." "This work will inevitably be controversial because of its implications for the limits as well as the potential of public policy in both advanced and underdeveloped societies."--BOOK JACKET
Frontiers in medical ethics : applications in a medical setting( Book )

5 editions published in 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The vanishing American dream : immigration, population, debt, scarcity by Virginia Abernethy( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The United States has gone off track, allowing domestic and foreign aid policies to be co-opted by a government-abetted by mass media-that serves special interests rather than the greater national good. Americans' tendencies to trust, play fair, and help have been abused and require replacement by a realistic outlook. The Vanishing American Dream posits solutions to get America back on the right track. Virginia Deane Abernethy sees population growth driven by mass immigration as a major cause of economic and cultural changes that have been detrimental to most Americans. The environment has been degraded by over-crowding and increasing demands on natural resources. Work is cheapened by explosive growth in the labor force creating a buyers market. One salary or wage no longer supports a family and educates children. Women working outside the home is a necessity, not a choice, for most American families. Furthermore, feminism, aimed originally at balanced gender roles, has been turned viciously against males of all ages and ultimately against females through degrading their traditional and valuable contributions. Abernethy proposes that Americans need time to regroup, untroubled by a continuing influx of foreign peoples. The family, small business, and responsive local government are centers around which a solvent and confident citizenry can prosper again
The conditions of agricultural growth; the economics of agrarian change under population pressure by Ester Boserup( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When it first appeared in 1965, The Conditions of Agricultural Growth heralded a breakthrough in the theory of agricultural development. Whereas 'development' had previously been seen as the transformation of traditional communities by the introduction (or imposition) of new technologies, Ester Boserup argued that changes and improvements occur from within agricultural communities, and that improvements are governed not only by outside interference, but by those communities themselves. Using extensive analyses of the costs and productivity of the main systems of traditional agriculture, Ester Boserup concludes that technical, economic and social changes are unlikely to take place unless the community concerned is exposed to the pressure of population growth. In sharp contrast to widely accepted ideas, she shows how population growth may be the main stimulus to agrarian change. In developing this theme, the author identifies successive stages of agriculture, characterized by differences in techniques of cultivation and in social structure and show how they can be explained by differences in population density. This book is of relevance not only to economists, but also to historians interested in the way present changes in agrarian communities parallel those of the past
A flying start : local biodiversity action in Scotland by Virginia Abernethy( Book )

3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Husband, mother, and social network in relation to the maternal response by Virginia Abernethy( )

2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The demographic transition revisited : lessons for foreign aid and U.S. immigration policy by Virginia Abernethy( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Festschrift in honor of Dr. Garrett Hardin( Book )

3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Comment: The "One world" thesis as an obstacle to environmental by Virginia Abernethy( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Mary Northern case : public compassion and private rights by Virginia Abernethy( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Population politics : the choices that shape our future
Population pressure and cultural adjustment
Alternative Names
Abernethy, Virginia D.

Abernethy, Virginia Deane.

Deane Abernethy, Virginia

Virginia Abernethy Amerikaans antropologe

Virginia Abernethy personnalité politique américaine

Virginia Abernethy político estadounidense

Virginia Abernethy professor

Virginia Abernethy US-amerikanesch Politikerin

Virginia Abernethy US-amerikanische Hochschullehrerin für Psychiatrie und Anthropologie, Politikerin

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