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Population, Health and Development

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Sociology (Arts)
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SOCI 254
Uli Locher

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Population, Health and Development The Demographic Transition - Empirical generalization: - Death rates + birth rates tend to be high, then fall in sequence to eventually stabilize @low levels - Theory: transition of nat economy fr/agricultural to industrial phases causes the death rates + birth rates to decline in sequence Population pyramids typical of the four stages of transition - Indusz greatly improved output (inclu agricul output) - Ploughs, chem fertilizers that make you produce more, expansion on planted surface - Later base for population expansion - Despite jobs in indus cities in 18/19 cities were dangerous jobs (short life expectancy) - Only 1 small part of population - Demographic transition: phase 6? - Negative natural increase - Rebound of fertility to reach TFR: 2.0 - @low + medium levels, devel (in HDI terms) promotes fertility decline - @high HDI levels, devel promotes fertility increase, up to a certain level - Analysis is speculative: sig exceptions such as Germany Japan remain unexplained - The Demographic Transition Model: is it true? - The descriptive generalization holds (“The Model”) - No country has ever conformed completely to the model - Data problems remain significant for many countries + historical events - This is the most widely accepted generalization in all of social science - Who are the women who produce children?  Econ level of hh is imp in determ fertility level of wife of head of household  Other women in hh freq of fertility level doesn’t conform  Econ interest of boss in hh (normally male) = have many unpaid workers  Once take this away + make fertility independent of head of hh, this is when TFL down  Who is truly disadvantaged wormen in hh? daughter-in-law - Indusz as principle causal factor = contested - Assumed isolation of population is not a useful restriction - Migrations are ignored, such as slave trade/Eur emigration - S/major influences on population growth (culture, wars, epidemics) have independent impacts - Extending the model to phases 5 + 6 aloows for analytical refinement Malthus - Population increasing, resources also increasing but not at same rate  Population will grow exponentially, while resources geometrically - Most societies (@time Malthus), had pop @/beyond agricul limits - After WWII, great pop explosion - According to Malthus, point of crisis should have been reached - Malthusian Trap - Great Divergence: resource levels must be expanding (indeed, they are)  Green Revolution th - Malthus in the 20 century - Exponential population growth (if unchecked), ex by constant factor of 1.02 - Arithmetic growth of food supply (or energy harnessing/natural resource discovery) - Malthusian catastrophe is inevitable - Paul Ehrlich: The Population Bomb - Since 1930, world population doubled, then doubled again - 2006: 36M deaths caused by hunger + malnutrition-related diseases - Ehrlich’s Critics - Many of Ehrlich’s specific predictions turned out to be wrong (ex: mass starvation 70s/80s) - “India couldn’t possibly feed 200M more ppl by 1980”, India has become food exporter - World food production has grown exponentially at rate much higher than population growth - In support of Ehrlich’s response - Effects of green revolution have been short lived - Ever increasing rate of land becoming unusable for crop production - Last decade has been only decade on record where more food was consumed than produced - 2009: net gain of 75M ppl occurred, w/# ppl starving going fr/0.8B in 2008 to 1.01B 2010 - Human Impact - Human impact = enorm, in past: all energy used = renewable, based on wood  Today using vastly new energy comes fr/non-renewable resources - What we think are renewable resources in fact, not actually renewable  Dams in QC claim produce energy forever (doubtful + effects on environ esp for indig ppl) - Global Population Growth - UN: high/med/low growth projection, only low sustainable (med what’s actually happening) - Malthusian POV: collapse lies ahead  Impact of Green Rev bought us time so more ppl can survive for longer, but future = bleak  Apocalypse: Indus, deforestation, desertification, salination, consumption - The Optimists (Anti-Neo Malthusians) are (Mostly) Winning: - MDGs are not being totally reached, but have made fantastic improvements - Food production increases - Energy production increases - Innovation in e/field, inclu agricul - Famines = poli events - Devel catastrophes = lim geographically, historically, politically - Food Production Index - Green line: food production has progressed over last 50 years - Red line: collapse of food produc in Afr b/c colonial instits collapsed (s/improvements, not sig) - Agricultural Innovations - Irrigation: today, absolute must (highly-productive agricul reqs irrig) - Industrial production - Mechanization - Chemical inputs - Green Revolution - Genetically Modified Crops  Moving into new phase more reasonable kinds of crops produced, less reliant chem inputs - Famines - Conventional definitions:  Widespread food shortage, sudden drop in food supply  Sudden collapse food consumption  High mortality + threat to food intake, set of condits resulting in widespread malnutrition - Conventional remedy: increase food supply - Amartya Sen: not food production H: access to food = prob  Poli inequality + lack of freedoms lead to econ inequality + lack of buying power  Remedy: create freedom + buying power - “Development catastrophes are limited geographically, historically, and politically” - True for geography: worst cases generally civil war zones, mostly in Afr - True for history: most cases = well described + understood  Nothing comparable to Mao’s Great Leap has happened in decades - True for politics: Amartya Sen’s analysis is definitive + convincing - Conclusion - Empirical ev on quality of life so far doesn’t supp Neo-Malthusians - Empirical ev on shrinking resource base does suggest that serious trouble lies ahead - Arguments both sides essentially based on extrapolations of well-est trends (not same ones) Migration and Development - Internal/International Migration and Development - Migrants respond to factors that attract (pull)/push them out of an area - Push factors inducing rural out-migration:  High fertility rates, high population density = pop/ha arable land  Resource degradation + declining yields (food insecurity)  Lim on-farm/off-farm emp options  Natural/manmade/poli crises (earthquakes, floods, cvil war, persecution) = refugees - Pull factors inducing rural-rural/rural-urban migration  Town/city/free trade zone jobs in growth indus/tradit jobs (ex: domestic help)  Labour demand in commercial, plantation agricul + timber  Colonization (directed/spontaneous) to frontier lands for subsis agricul/ranching  Other pull factors: city services, edu, opportunity - Imp: on most migrants, simult push + pull factors operate (rare for single motivation) - Do we really have rural exodus? - 2000: 800M migrants, many fr/rural to urban areas  does this constit rural exodus? - Exodus: sig majority moves away, but what’s actually happening in rural to urban migration today is that 1 part of rural pop transfers to urban areas  Rural areas cont grow, just that a part of rural pop moves to cities - Net migration worldwide - All rich areas seem to be gaining, all poor areas seem to be losing - Classical approaches: - Ernest Ravenstein  Vocab borrowed fr/physics  concern w/(quasi-physical) laws of migrations  Emphasis on individs: looks at where ppl born, where they were actually living  Poli realities freq downplayed (early attempt @ migration w/out poli)  No activist orientation - Everett Lee’s ‘Theory of Migration’  Area of origin w/push + pull facts + in destination also have push + pull  Migrants move fr/origin to destination + there are intervening obstacles  Migrants responding plus factors (pull factors) @destination tend to be positively selected  Migrants responding minus factors (push factors) @origin tend to be negatively selected - Migration definition: - Relatively permanent moving away of collativist fr/1 geographical location to another, preceded by decision-making on the part of migrants on basis of hierarchically ordered set of values/valued ends + resulting in changes in interactional sys of the migrants - Emph decision making + what values will impact decis that ppl will take + changes fr/migration - Relevant questions: - Who are migrants? Selectivity - Why did they migrate? Motivation (always complex reasons) - Where did they migrate? Geographic + social destinations - What are consequences of migrations? Individ + collectively @origin + destination - Examples of internal migration (w/in nat state) - Ethiopia 1994: rural migration most prominent, urban to rural also prominent (surprisingly)  As well as rural to urban and urban to urban - Ghana 1991-1998: rural to rural migration most prominent - Urban to rural prominent, urban to urban also - Rural to urban = least prominent - Functionalist Analysis: - Have donor sys + recipient sys + have migrants that move b/w - Behavioural options for migrants (integration alternatives) - Live in 2 worlds, maintain permanent attachment @both origin + destination - Intro own kind of social organization  Ex: Italians in Mtl: instit complete ethnic grp, have own churches, restaurants, courts  S/ethnic grps can live completely w/in own origin (instits built) - Plan 2 migration elsewhere  Many claim retire in their origin, most cases: will not be the case - Return to area of origin - Total assimilation @destination  Most migrants: original lang maintained for only 1 generation - Theories of migration - Historical / Structural / Globalist / Critical - Remittances as Development Tools - Volume of remittances - Destinations - Remittances as share of GDP - Economic crisis + remittance decline - Uses of remittances: not just leaving terrible sit, but then to send home $ to finance survival - Remittance flows to devel’g nats: strong increases over the years  2006: 228, 2007: 285, 2008: 385 - Huge chunk of GDP in form of remittances (2006: 20%, 2008: 31% in low income nats)  Amount of $ that flows into middle-income nats much larger, but much less imp that remittances are for low-income nats - Destination of migrants fr/devel’g nats  High-income OECD + about ½ all migration fr/poor nats is to other poor nats - Econ crisis + remittances decline  Have less $ send back home in face of econ crisis  Volume of remittances expresses econ forces of migrants @desintaiton - Saudi Arabia employs lots of migrants for crude oil  Remittance outflows fr/Saudi Arabia not tied to n
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