Europe's Population: Towards The Next Century by Ray Hall, Paul White

By Ray Hall, Paul White

A examine overlaying fertility, labour markets, inequalities, migration and different key demographic subject matters, together with East-West and North-South overseas inhabitants hobbies.

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There has been much discussion about the future of the household, and whether or not we are seeing the destruction of the family. It is probably easier to acknowledge that the family is changing but not necessarily being destroyed. It is likely though, that if divorce rates in particular continue to rise then the parent-child, and particularly the mother-child relationship, will become the most permanent and enduring relationship. Other adult relationships will continue to become more impermanent and, in particular, serial monogamy will replace lifetime marriage.

4), and yet medical advances now enable women both in their late forties and even those beyond the menopause to conceive so that maternity can be achieved by women as old as 60, as reported in Italy in July 1994. The problems raised by these techniques are not biological, but ethical, moral, psychological and social, and are issues which society has to face. There are, therefore, many reasons why the predictions of the alarmists of the consequences of an ageing population will probably not come true.

And the question remains: who pays for the freedom to live as we wish? Conclusion We do not know whether the trends outlined in this chapter will continue so that households will become ever smaller with ever larger proportions of people living on their own. Already in inner London, 38 per cent of households are single-person and projections suggest that single-person households will increase to 35 per 36 CHANGING ATTITUDES TOWARDS SEX cent of all households nationally by 2011. Will there be ever increasing instability of families and households as people continue to search for personal self-fulfilment?

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