From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@STANFORD.EDU)
Date: Fri May 30 2003 - 13:55:22 EDT
The Dilemmas of Laissez-Faire Population Policy in Capitalist Societies : When the Invisible Hand Controls Reproduction by Marc Linder (Author) See more product details Editorial Reviews Book Description The economic and sociopsychological foundations of the decentralized decisions involved in the production of new labor power, human reproduction, have never been adequately understood. The consequences for the labor markets of the laissez-faire policies of capitalist societies toward human reproduction are discussed from historical, economic, social, political, demographic, and legal perspectives. The extent to which the production of children causes or exacerbates poverty for the producers of the children is discussed, along with the question of how capitalism can rely on a labor force produced by reproductive whim. From the Publisher This intriguing compilation of beliefs regarding the relationship between population and poverty includes exchanges on such questions as whether poverty causes large families or large families cause poverty; whether or not there is an optimum population size for a nation; and whether social thinkers, including Marx and Malthus, have actually formulated coherent theories regarding the role of reproduction in the economic system....This volume is very useful as a source regarding how various prominent social theorists have addressed population issues. About the Author MARC LINDER is Professor at the University of Iowa, specializing in labor law. _________________________________ A Question of Numbers: High Migration, Low Fertility, and the Politics of National Identity by Michael S. Teitelbaum, J. M. Winter Product Details * Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.50 x 6.50 * Publisher: Hill & Wang Pub; (June 1998) * ASIN: 0809077817 * Amazon.com Sales Rank: 274,318 Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Much has been written about the dangers of global overpopulation and its potentially catastrophic ramifications on health and the environment. In A Question of Numbers, Michael Teitelbaum and Jay Winter concentrate on the other end of this equation: the fear of population decline. Focusing on the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Britain, Yugoslavia, Russia, and Romania between the years 1965 and 1995, the authors look at how a mix of low fertility rates and a steady influx of immigrants have affected each country's national identity. When political upheaval and internal demographic shifts occur in tandem with increased immigration, the transformations can be both explosive and permanent. The results range from the backlash in the U.S. (particularly toward incoming Mexicans) that fueled new state laws denying immigrants health and welfare benefits to the horrific examples of "ethnic cleansing" in the ravaged Balkans. Though each nation examined here is has experienced a unique set of problems and circumstances, enough parallels exist to give the authors' ideas a global relevance. Though a serious and thoughtful book, A Question of Numbers is not a dry read. The authors rely more heavily on historical and political anecdotes than charts and statistics, and they strive for clear and impartial analysis of a subject often obscured by self-serving politicians and alarmists. The New York Times Book Review, Jack A. Goldstone The message that pervades this book is that population numbers, though important, are often less significant than the interpretation given to those numbers, especially by ambitious politicians.
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