Marriage and fertility in Chile. Demographic turning points in the Petorca Valley, 1840-1976.

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Abstract

Providing both an historical view and a consideration of very recent population developments, it shows that despite strictures of the Catholic church and popular attitudes favouring procreation, Chileans have been quite sensitive to population pressures. A century ago the people of Petorca responded to worsening conditions by delaying marriage and by moving to more prosperous regions; now they are reacting to Latin America's modern demographic revolution by consciously curtailing reproduction. Finds it surprising how little modernization is necessary to bring about a substantial decline in fertility. Also notes that the real decline in fertility in Latin America has been accompanied by an increase in the proportion of women who marry and a lowering of the average age at the time of marriage. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMarriage and fertility in Chile. Demographic turning points in the Petorca Valley, 1840-1976.
PublisherWestview Press, Dellplain Latin American Studies 14; distributed Bowker
ISBN (Print)0865315329, 9780865315327
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983

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