Fertility differentials and the redefinition of the normative structure across racial/ethnic lines

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Title: Fertility differentials and the redefinition of the normative structure across racial/ethnic lines
Author: Ayala Garcia, Maria Isabel
Abstract: The United States has seen tremendous growth since it has achieved a population of 300 million . Interestingly , events like this mask the heterogeneity of fertility behavior particularly along racial /ethnic lines . Unfortunately , despite the voluminous literature examining the dynamics and differentials of fertility , extant studies suffer from several limitations including the treatment of racial /ethnic groups as homogenous , the cross -sectionality of their analyses , or their focus on either current or cumulative fertility ultimately underplaying the complexity of fertility behavior . Therefore , this dissertation investigates the fertility behavior of Mexican American and white women paying particular attention to race /ethnicity and social mobility by conducting a quantitative analysis of current and cumulative fertility behavior of women at three different points in their life course . The findings demonstrate the significant effect that socioeconomic characteristics and race have on explaining the higher fertility of Mexican American women in the United States thus , encouraging the adoption of a racial /ethnic stratification framework in studies of fertility .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2599
Date: 2009-05-15

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Fertility differentials and the redefinition of the normative structure across racial/ethnic lines. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -2599 .

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