Population and Environment

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 281–293 | Cite as

Household type and the demographic transition

  • Brian J. L. Berry


Demographic transition theorists postulate a post-transition steady state predicated on the nuclear family. This study reveals that other family types—community and anomic/polygynous—will, if they persist, produce different steady states at higher levels of infant mortality and fertility. Only if family type changes as countries modernize will the transition theorists' post-transition steady state be achieved.


Ordinary Little Square Infant Mortality Nuclear Family Demographic Transition Family Type 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. L. Berry
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  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of Texas at DallsRichardson

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