Synopses & Reviews
Prompted by growing concern about the environmental impact of high consumption levels and population growth, these interdisciplinary essays explore in depth the connections between population size and growth, environmental destruction, and poverty. The contributors--including such distinguished scholars as P. Dasgupta, C. S. Holling, Robert Fogel, Geoffrey McNicoll, Caroline Bledsoe, Robert Willis, Amartya Sen, and Nancy Birdsall--represent the different fields most concerned with this vital topic. They examine three main themes: the Malthusian conflict, factors underlying fertility changes, and global development issues. The writers take into account the effects of increasing competition for natural resources on social structures, and look at the evolution of the household unit, gender inequality, and the growing gap between children, adults, and the elderly. Because the rapidly increasing stress on the world's natural resource base can give rise to social tension and conflicts, especially in overpopulated areas, this book will be seen as an essential contribution to a critically important international debate.
Prompted by the growing concern about the environmental impact of high consumption levels and population growth, and by fears of major ecological breakdown, this book looks at the complex links between demographic trends, economic development, and the environment.
Table of Contents
Population, development, and institutional change: summary and analysis / Tommy Bentsson, Christer Gunnarsson -- The environmental resource base and human welfare / Partha Dasgupta, Carl Folke, Karl-Gèoran Mèaler -- Population and reasoned agency: food, fertility, and economic development / Amartya Sen -- An ecologist view of the Malthusian conflict / C.S. Holling -- 'Children are like young bamboo trees': potentiality and reproduction in Sub-Saharan Africa / Caroline Bledsoe -- Economic analysis of fertility: micro-foundations and aggregate implications / Robert J. Willis -- Government, population, and poverty: a 'win-win' tale / Nancy Birdsall -- Institutional analysis of fertility / Geoffrey McNicoll -- The relevance of Malthus for the study of mortality today: long-run influences on health, mortality, labour force participation and population growth / Robert Fogel.