First published in 1982, this collection was the result of an ambitious and wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary research programme conducted by the International Labour Office (ILO) on the relationship between women’s roles and demographic change, with a view to influencing contemporary government and non-government policy and future research in the field. The ILO held an informal gathering of leading researchers in the fields of economics, anthropology, sociology and demography and this volume represents a unique and practically-orientated collection, offering valuable insights into contemporary perspectives on women’s studies and population dynamics.
Part I: Overview 1. Introduction 2. Demographic Change and the Role of Women: A Research Programme in Developing Countries Part II: Conceptualizing and Measuring Women’s Roles 3. The Allocation of Women’s Time and its Relation to Fertility 4. Class and Historical Analysis for the Study of Women and Economic Change Part III: Social and Cultural Dimensions Influencing Women’s Roles 5. Female Power, Autonomy, and Demographic Change in the Third World 6. Family Structure and Women’s Reproductive and Productive Roles: Some Conceptual and Methodological Issues 7. A Social Anthropological Approach to Women’s Roles and Status in Developing Countries: the Domestic Cycle Part IV: Women’s Roles and their Relationship to Fertility and Mortality 8. The Interrelationship Between the Division of Labour in the Household, Women’s Roles and their Impact on Fertility 9. Women’s Work and their Status: Rural Indian Evidence of Labour Market and Environmental Effects on Sex Differences in Childhood Mortality Part V: Economic Dimensions Influencing Women’s Roles 10. Women and the Urban Labour Market 11. Sex Discrimination in the Urban Labour Markets: Some Propositions based on Indian Evidence