Author(s): Ian Pool
An authoritative, definitive demographic history of the New Zealand family from 1840, this book is not merely a collection of statistics but interprets the changing story of the family and its makeup, its members and its reach at a time when interest in the family is keen. Using detailed research spanning 165 years, the authors chart the move from the large family of the nineteenth century to the Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�Baby BoomÃ�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�, the increase in family diversity and the modern trend towards unsustainably small families and late childbearing. In turn, this analysis of the Ã�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â�building blocksÃ�Â¢Ã�Â�Ã�Â� of society helps trace changing attitudes and structure of society itself, by noting the reasons for and consequences of the demographic changes the book describes. First published 2007.
"While this book is valuable for the extensive data provided, its conclusions offer insights old and new." --"Australian Historical Studies"
IAN POOL is one of New Zealand's leading social scientists and professor of demography at the University of Waikato. ARUNACHALAM DHARMALINGAM is senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Monash University. JANET SCEATS is a medical demographer and the managing director of Portal Consulting and Associates Ltd.