Introduction and Overview

  • Li Zhang
Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 27)


The first chapter is an introductory chapter which discusses the research background and provides an overview of the book. The chapter starts with a brief introduction of the female-dominated tradition in demographic and sociological studies of fertility. The chapter then discusses a number of reasons, including biological, sociological and methodological matters that have caused men to be ignored in conventional studies of fertility. Despite the female-dominated tradition in fertility studies, the chapter highlights a growing body of literature on male fertility, which indicates that men have received an increasing amount of research attention in recent years. In the end, the chapter emphasizes the importance of bringing men into fertility research. The chapter also outlines the objectives and the structure of the book and points out how this book improves existing literature on male fertility.


Male Fertility Fertility Decline Female Fertility Nonmarital Birth Fertility Study 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public AffairsVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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