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The Demography of Inequality in Brazil

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Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521102469

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  • This book examines how transformations in Brazil's social, economic and political organization affect the demographic behaviour of people who live in different parts of the country and who occupy different positions in the social system. The authors review the history of unequal development and document the concentration of income and land ownership. Using data from the 1970 and 1980 censuses, they show how the Brazilian style of economic growth unequally affected different population subgroups. Mortality estimates for white and non-white people measure the consequences of racial inequality on the life chances of children. Other chapters investigate rural out-migration, the impact of Amazon colonization schemes on rural poverty, and the implications of differential rates of population growth among rich and poor households for future patterns of inequality and underemployment. The overall perspective places the concept of inequality at the centre of the study of demographic and structural change.

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    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521102469
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Framework for the study of population
    3. Growth and distribution in historical perspective
    4. Income inequality and length of life
    5. Wage policy, infant mortality and collective social action in São Paulo
    6. Racial inequality and child mortality
    7. The 'baby' bust
    8. Income distribution and population growth
    9. Agrarian structure and the rural exodus
    10. Colonization and frontier expansion in Amazonia
    11. Development and persistent underemployment
    12. The demography of inequality in Brazil: summary and conclusion.

  • Authors

    Charles H. Wood

    Jose Alberto Magno Carvalho

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