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This Committee seeks to foster interdisciplinary work in demography and anthropology. The core research methodologies of the two disciplines - quantitative, on the one hand, and ethnographic, on the other - are sharply contrasting but have the capacity to be mutually informing. Population processes and socio-cultural practices affect each other at both large and small levels of organization. The enormous changes and complex patterns of variation found by demographers challenge anthropologists to pay close attention to practices involved in vital events and to specify the relations between these local practices and those operating at national and global levels. The diverse realms of meaning and practice described by anthropologists challenge demographers to heed the cultural contexts of population processes.
“From the Policies to the Clinics: The Reproductive Health Paradox in Post-Adjustment Health Care”, Lisa Ann Richey, World Development 32(6):923-940, 2004.
Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography, Simon Szreter, Hania Sholkamy and A.Dharmalingam, OUP, 2004