Re: Population Limited by Territoriality?
Tue, 20 Dec 94 02:43:46 GMT

In Article <3d5vpc$> (Camilla Cracchiolo) writes:
>How many children people have varies widely in different cultures,
>particularly with different economic systems. Primarily agricultural
>societies and/or societies with a high infant death rate have lots of
>kids and urban societies and societies with a low infant death rate have
>fewer kids. This suggests at least some economic consideration.

we might also add that proscriptions against using contraception
also play a role in this. for example condoms tend to not be popular with
males in developing countries because of 'loss of sensitivoty', despite their
importance in limiting natality or preventing STDs.

> This suggests that how many children someone has is
>influenced by lots of things besides deep seated psychological motivations.
also in some societies large families are considered desirable just
because they like kids and acitivity in the home. Some of our
economic-functional explanations for this are our 'etic' interpretations, and
we should remain mindful of that.

>BTW, the most common reason I've heard for wanting to have kids is to
>have someone to take care of you when you're old. A very obvious and
>understandable reason as far as I can tell.

good point.

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