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Literacy and Mothering – How Women’s Schooling Changes the Lives of the World's Children - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Literacy and Mothering: How Women’s Schooling Changes the Lives of the World's Children

Robert A. LeVine, Sarah LeVine, Beatrice Schnell-Anzola, Meredith L. Rowe, and Emily Dexter


Decades of research have shown that women’s school attainment is correlated with reduced child mortality and fertility in developing countries – without clarifying the processes involved. This book proposes that literate communication skills acquired in Western-type schools constitute a causal link between schooling and maternal behavior in bureaucratic health care settings, contributing to the decline in birth and death rates. The book reviews the history of mass schooling and its diffusion, the evidence on women’s schooling in demographic transition, and the re-conceptualization of literacy ... More

Keywords: women’s school attainment, birth rates, death rates, socialization, health literacy, health navigation, teacher-pupil interaction, literacy, language skills, classroom experience, maternal behavior, Mexico, Nepal, Venezuela, Zambia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309829
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309829.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. LeVine, author

Sarah LeVine, author

Beatrice Schnell-Anzola, author