Demographic Diversity and Change in the Central American Isthmus

Edited by Anne R. Pebley, Luis Rosero-Bixby

Contributors: Elena Hurtado


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This book is the first English-language collection of recent research on demographic, social, and environmental issues in Central America. The region's experience with ethnic and cultural identity provides food for thought for scholars concerned with the meaning of ethnicity and the consequences of cultural change. Countries in the region also have grapppled with the complex issues of promoting economic growth and reducing poverty while avoiding environmental destruction. The chapters in this volume provide important and often novel insights into these and many other demographic, social, and policy issues in the Central American Isthmus. For the first time in the English language, Central America's rich demographic history comes into focus in this volume. Editors Anne R. Pebley and Luis Rosero-Bixby provide the first and only English translations of works originally presented at the International Conference on the Population of the Central American Isthmus. The chapters in this volume offer insights on a broad range of subjects, including estimates of the indigenous population, differences in education and earnings, trends in fertility and maternal and child health, migration, the environment, and many other demographic, social, and policy issues in the region.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1

    The Demographic Situation of Central America


  • Chapter 2

    A Rapid Look at the Fertility Transition by Zone of Residence in Central America and Panama

    Jose Miguel Guzman

  • Chapter 3

    Low Intensity Warfare, High Intensity Death: The Demographic Impact of the Wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua

    Mitchell A. Seligson and Vincent McElhinny

  • Chapter 4

    Estimates of the Indigenous Population of Central America (16th to 20th Centuries)

    Hector Perez

  • Chapter 5

    The Maya Population of Guatemala

    W. George Lovell and Christopher H. Lutz

  • Chapter 6

    The Indigenous Population of Guatemala According to the 1981 and 1994 Censuses (Preliminary Figures)

    Erwin Rolando Diaz

  • Chapter 7

    Differences in Education and Earnings Across Ethnic Groups in Guatemala

    Harry Anthony Patrinos

  • Chapter 8

    Poverty in Cahuita District, 1994

    Irma Sandoval Carvajal

  • Chapter 9

    The Nutritional Status of Children in Central America

    Laurence M. Grummer-Strawn

  • Chapter 10

    Maternal Mortality and Morbidity in El Salvador

    Isabella Danel, Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Jose M. Caceres, and Paul Stupp

  • Chapter 11

    Cesarean Delivery in the Costa Rican Social Security System

    Ligia Moya de Madrigal

  • Chapter 12

    Midwives and Formal Providers in Prenatal, Delivery and Post-partum Care in Four Communities in Rural Guatemala: Complementarity or Conflict?

    Dolores Acevedo and Elena Hurtado

  • Chapter 13

    Trends and Differences in Fertility, Use of Contraceptives and Maternal and Child Health Services in El Salvador: 1988-1993

    Jose Mario Caceres Henriquez, Lawrence Grummer-Strawn, Paul Stupp, Jose David Araya, and Juan Carlos Salguero

  • Chapter 14

    Use of Contraception and Knowledge of Health Technologies

    Arodys Robles

  • Chapter 15

    Regional Differences in Family Size Preferences in Costa Rica and Their Implications for Transition Theory

    Albert I. Hermalin, Ann P. Riley, and Luis Rosero-Bixby

  • Chapter 16

    The Diffusion of Information and Adoption of Contraception in Costa Rica

    Rodney Knight

  • Chapter 17

    Spatial Dimensions of Family Planning in Costa Rica: The Value of Geocoding Demographic Surveys

    Luis Rosero-Bixby

  • Chapter 18

    Examining the Increasing Popularity of Traditional Contraceptive Methods in Honduras

    David Hubacher, Margarita Suazo, Stanley Terrell, and Marco Pinel

  • Chapter 19

    Adolescent Motherhood in Guatemala: A Comparative Perspective

    Renee Samara

  • Chapter 20

    Demographic Processes, Land, and the Environment in Guatemala

    Richard E. Bilsborrow and Paul Stupp

  • Chapter 21

    Perception And Adjustment To Environmental Hazards: A Cross-Cultural Comparison from Honduras

    Catherine Hoover-Castaneda

  • Chapter 22

    Migration and Environmental Change in Costa Rica Since 1950

    Uli Locher

  • Chapter 23

    Participatory Research Mapping of Indigenous Lands in the Honduran Mosquitia

    Peter H. Herlihy and Andrew P. Leake

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