ERIC Number: ED053018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Population. Headline Series.
Oppenheimer, Valerie K.
Useful as background reading or secondary classroom material, this pamphlet reviews several dimensions of world population growth and control. The first of seven chapters, World Population Growth: Past, Present and Future, discusses some of the reasons for the greatly accelerated growth since 1950, and points out that even significantly rapid declines in family size would not immediately result in comparable declines in population growth. The second chapter, The Developing Countries: The Race Between Food and Population, examines the Green Revolution in some depth. Industrialized Societies Versus the Environment compares the role of population growth with that of life styles, and concludes that while the solution to most problems cannot lie in population control alone, the chances for solution would be greatly enhanced by major reductions. The next two chapters examine the role of family planning programs in developing and industrialized nations, and the interaction of these programs with various pronatalist and socioeconomic factors. The author points out that middle class America--not the poor-- contributes the bulk of births (68.2%) in the United States. Beyond Family Planning considers other approaches, such as use of economic incentives, for population control. The last section provides discussion questions to help plan a study-group program or classroom teaching unit, and a short bibliography. (JLB)
Descriptors: Contraception, Demography, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Ecological Factors, Environmental Education, Family Planning, Hunger, Industrialization, Life Style, National Programs, Overpopulation, Population Education, Population Growth, Population Trends, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Socioeconomic Influences, World Problems
Foreign Policy Association, 345 East 46th Street, New York, New York 10017 ($1.00)
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Authoring Institution: Foreign Policy Association, New York, NY.