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The ABC of demographic behaviour: How the interplays of alleles, brains, and contexts over the life course should shape research on understanding population processes

Hobcraft, J. (2006) The ABC of demographic behaviour: How the interplays of alleles, brains, and contexts over the life course should shape research on understanding population processes. Population Studies, 60 (2). pp. 153-187. ISSN 0032-4728

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Abstract

This paper proposes core innovations in the strategy of research on demographic behaviour. One aim is a shift of attention away from events and towards a focus on dynamic processes and their interplay: away from a preoccupation with marriage and divorce, births, deaths, migrations, and household structure towards a broader perspective that takes account of partnership and intimacy, parenthood, potential and well-being, position in society and space, and personal ties. Another aim is a much closer engagement with genetics, neuroscience, psychology, and behavioural economics. A third aim is a strategy that pays more attention to pathways within the individual, to the processes entailed when the individual interacts with various contexts, and to progressions that involve the interplay of the pathways and processes through the life course. These shifts of emphasis, which have already begun to occur, require a systematic reassessment of priorities for research on demographic behaviour.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Social Policy and Social Work (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2009 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2009 14:35
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00324720600646410
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/00324720600646410
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7343

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