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Type Journal Article - European Journal of Population / Revue europeenne de Demographie
Title Uncertainty and the second space: Modern birth timing and the dilemma of education
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Volume 20
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2004
Page numbers 351-373
URL http://www.springerlink.com/index/l9d19fkgthm9dgfh.pdf
Abstract
This paper focuses on the relationship between experiential and statistical uncertainties in the timing of births in Cameroon (Central Africa). Most theories of fertility level and change emphasize the emergence of parity-specific control, treating desired family size as both central, and stable across the life course. By contrast, this paper argues for a theory of reproduction that emphasizes process, social context, and contingency. The paper concentrates on the second birth interval, showing that it is longer and more variable among educated than among uneducated women. The paper argues that this difference is due to the specific forms of uncertainty associated with education in contemporary Cameroon.

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