30 Dec '17, 10pm

Half the world’s population reaching below replacement fertility https://t.co/SdIUc4S5iF

Half the world’s population reaching below replacement fertility https://t.co/SdIUc4S5iF

The new ideal of the small family arose typically in the urban industrial society. It is impossible to be precise about the various causal factors, but apparently many were important. Urban life stripped the family of many functions in production, consumption, recreation, and education. In factory employment the individual stood on his own accomplishments. The new mobility of young people and the anonymity of city life reduced the pressures toward traditional behaviour exerted by the family and community. In a period of rapidly developing technology new skills were needed, and new opportunities for individual advancement arose. Education and a rational point of view became increasingly important. As a consequence the cost of child-rearing grew and the possibilities for economic contributions by children declined. Falling death rates at once increased the size of the family...

Full article: http://peakoil.com/enviroment/half-the-worlds-population-...

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