Volume 64 - Number 4 - Winter 1998

P. Professional Meetings and Conferences

Proceedings of professional meetings of general demographic concern, except for proceedings coded under the specific topic discussed and cross-referenced to this heading. Items about conferences are also classified under this heading.

64:40784 Gastellu, Jean-Marc; Marchal, Jean-Yves. Rural life in the developing countries at the end of the twentieth century. [La ruralité dans les pays du Sud à la fin du XXe siècle.] Colloques et Séminaires, ISBN 2-7099-1369-0. 1997. 768 pp. Institut Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement en Coopération [ORSTOM]: Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng; Spa.
These are the proceedings of a workshop held in Montpellier, France, April 2-3, 1996. "The rural world in southern countries is confronted by changes in its environment, the economic slump and population growth. Occupations are diversifying, migratory movements are increasing and the agricultural frontier is shifting. This results in a restructuring of social networks in which women play an essential role. The demarcation between town and country is becoming increasingly indistinct. These changes call into question the notions and methods used to date. Now--at the end of the twentieth century--the concept of `rurality' should be defined." One section contains six papers on migration.
Correspondence: Institut Français de Recherche Scientifique pour le Développement en Coopération, 213 rue Lafayette, 75480 Paris Cedex 10, France. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

64:40785 Neidell, Shara G. Women's empowerment as a public problem: a case study of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development. Population Research and Policy Review, Vol. 17, No. 3, Jun 1998. 247-60 pp. Dordrecht, Netherlands. In Eng.
"Using the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) as a case study, I examine how women's empowerment amassed public attention. I investigate feminist preparations for the conference and suggest that by playing an active role in preparatory meetings and the conference, women gained recognition from governments throughout the world and from the United Nations, and helped frame issues in a way that motivated the press to highlight women's empowerment. I argue `empowering women' became a catch phrase for media coverage and that abortion surfaced as a symbol of this empowerment.... The paper raises questions about types of policies governments will use to improve the position of women and the political power women will have in decisions."
Correspondence: S. G. Neidell, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104. E-mail: shara@ssc.sas.upenn.edu. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

64:40786 Postiglione, S. Marianne; Brungs, Robert. Population issues. Cairo, Copenhagen, Beijing: proceedings of the ITEST workshop, October, 1995. ISBN 1-885583-03-6. LC 96-163775. 1996. iii, 189 pp. ITEST Faith/Science Press: St. Louis, Missouri. In Eng.
These are the proceedings of a 1995 workshop on global population issues from the Roman Catholic perspective. There are three papers: Global population and the dialogue between religion and science, by David M. Byers; Population growth, development and women: a consensus?, by Alene Gelbard; and the Holy See and population, by Diarmuid Martin. The rest of the publication records the discussions that took place following the presentation of these papers.
Correspondence: ITEST Faith/Science Press, 3601 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108. Location: Princeton University Library (FST).

64:40787 Singh, Jyoti S. Creating a new consensus on population: the International Conference on Population and Development. ISBN 1-85383-566-8. 1998. xvi, 215 pp. Earthscan Publications: London, England. In Eng.
"In 1994, the world's governments agreed, for the first time, on far-reaching and enlightened population policies, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. The Conference itself, and the many preparatory activities that took place from 1991 to 1994, were characterized by intense debate on the politics of population and development, reproductive health and rights, religion, contraception, and the empowerment of women. This volume is the first to examine the entire ICPD process: in particular, how the various stakeholders (governments, NGOs, academics, religious leaders, politicians and the media) addressed the relevant policy issues, and how a new global consensus was forged, resulting in the ICPD Programme of Action." The author was the Executive Coordinator for this conference.
Correspondence: Earthscan Publications, 120 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JN, England. E-mail: earthinfo@earthscan.co.uk. Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

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