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Chapter 1-5

Anthropology 3332F/G Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-5: Only Hope, Demographic Transition, Autarky

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ANTH 3332F/G
Andrew Walsh

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
anthro 3332 Notes on Only Hope
Notes on the Book
-he started off by asking if singletons are spoiled
-most said yes
-one said they have pressure to go to college and make enough money to support
-many compared to their parents socioeconomic positions growing up and said they
are spoiled
-most children born after 1979 are singletons
-a clash with their parents intense pressure on them
-unrealistically high expectations on children
-the “fertility transition”
-strictly enforced birth quotas
-in 1970 used to be 5.3 births per woman
-the chinese government has used low fertility rates to accelerate modernization
-brought themselves up from 3rd world country to 1st
-rather than wait for low fertility rates to happen they made it happen
-no previous researchers looked into the coming of age of singletons
-58% female sample
-94% had no siblings
-“i adhere to a concept of identity as fluid, shifting, subjective, and fragmented, and
expounded on anthropological theories of ethnicity and nationalism”
-english seen as path to success and vital in china
-he got into form of generalized reciprocity
-the differences between singletons and non-singletons were incremental rather than
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