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Should governments in Europe be more aggressive in pushing for gender equality to raise fertility?: The second "No"
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2011 (English)In: Demographic Research, ISSN 1435-9871, Vol. 24, no 10, 225-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper argues against the suggestion that governments should push for gender equality more aggressively in order to raise fertility. The paper presents a threefold "no" to this proposal. It takes issue with the goal of raising fertility, arguing that the claims that fertility must be increased are based on myths. It rejects a more aggressive pursuit of gender equality for demographic purposes, maintaining that this method preserves inequality. It warns against using gender equality for fertility purposes, stating that this narrows the realm of gender equality.

The paper is based on a debate held at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, at which the author was asked to argue against the gender equality-fertility proposal. The other participants in the debate were Laurent Toulemon ("yes"), Dimiter Philipov ("no"), and Livia Oláh ("yes").

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2011. Vol. 24, no 10, 225-250 p.
Keyword [en]
fertility, gender, public policies, Europe, low fertility, gender equality
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54267DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2011.24.10ISI: 000286872600005OAI: diva2:392586
Part of a Debate in which two participants were asked to argue "yes" and two "no"
The papers of the debate are accompanied by a DVD/video of the debate. All can be downloaded for free from the Demographic Research Webpage: www.demographic-research.orgAvailable from: 2011-01-27 Created: 2011-01-27 Last updated: 2012-01-19Bibliographically approved

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