Roger and Patricia Jeffery are well known for their work on religion and gender in South Asia. In their latest book, a study of the demographic processes of two castes in rural north India, they ask why fertility levels are higher among the Muslim Sheikhs than the Hindu Jats. They conclude that explanations can only partially be attributed to gender relationships and religion, and it is the economic and political interests of both groups which are the defining factors. Their marginal economic position provides little incentive for the Sheikhs to raise small families, while the Jats, who are locally dominant, are encouraged to use birth control and educate their children. The authors go on to demonstrate the significance of this analysis for a wider understanding of the problems of population and politics in India generally. The book will be invaluable for students of South Asia and for anyone interested in the demography of developing countries.Read more
- A pioneering study of population and politics in rural India
- Accessible and informative with the use of extensive fieldwork over ten years
- Two well-known scholars who have been working in the area for many years and with many previous books on the subject
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' … presents an enormous amount of information on the (Îndian) context of (Indian) demographic behaviour. The present study deals with a politically sensitive topic, the reasons behind higher fertility among Muslims in the research area … The authors take a very strong stand in stating that Islam per se, as a cultural factor, is not a causal factor for higher fertility among Indian Muslims. Higher fertility is not due to religion but tp factors such as the economic and political situation in which Muslims live … the book is a 'must' for researchers and students in population studies, especially those who are interested in South Asia and in micro-approaches to demographic research.' Inge Hutter, European Journal of Population
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- Date Published: July 1997
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521466530
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 151 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 40 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. An island of peace?
2. Populating Bijnor
3. 'In these expensive times'
4. Women's agency and fertility
5. Modern mindsets or empowered women?
6. Fighting with numbers
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