Volume 17 - Article 15 | Pages 441-464

Social mobility and fertility

By Gianpiero Dalla-Zuanna

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Date received:19 Dec 2006
Date published:04 Dec 2007
Word count:7021
Keywords:demographic transition, fertility, social mobility


Intra- and inter-generational social mobility have in the past played an important role in attempts to explain fertility behaviour, and continue to do so today. The opinions expressed by social scientists in the first part of the 20th century are renewed and confirmed. More specifically: (1) intra-generational social mobility has been reinforced by the personal well-being aspirations and job careers of women; (2) status anxiety parents feel for their children pushes fertility down in large areas of the developed world (mainly in southern European and eastern Asian countries). Therefore, the provocative idea of Ariès that in the rich world, the child-king has now been replaced by the couple-queen does not perfectly hold.

Author's Affiliation

Gianpiero Dalla-Zuanna - University of Padua, Italy [Email]

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