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Thursday, November 29, 2012 — 1:00 PM EST

Sociology and legal studies series

Demographic Shifts and Gender in Asia: ‘Scarce Women’ and ‘Surplus Men’

Demographic accounts of Asia document an unprecedented and dramatic shortage of women in some countries. Widespread sex-selection in favour of boys and female migration flows create regional and local ‘female deficits’ in communities and on marriage markets. More recently, attention has turned to the potential dramatic consequences of a large pool of ‘surplus men’ who will not be able to marry. Most studies paint a bleak picture. Based on a decade of research about population and gender issues in Asian context, Danièle Bélanger will provide a critical analysis of this new 'demographic crisis'.  Drawing from recent fieldwork she and her colleagues conducted in Vietnam, China and India, she will share preliminary insight into how local communities and families adapt to the new demographic structure.

Danièle Bélanger is a Professor of Sociology at Western University and holds the Canada Research Chair in Population, Gender and Development.

Demographic Shifts and Gender in Asia poster (PDF)

Location 
HH - J.G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities
Room 1101
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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