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Social Background of Low Fertility among University-Educated in Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.03.02  Humanities  Anthropology  Social and cultural anthropology 

Code Science Field
S000  Social sciences   
S220  Social sciences  Cultural anthropology, ethnology 
Fertility behaviour, low fertility, the university-educated, qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, demographic anthropology, social anthropology, cultural anthropology, psychology, personality, attitudes, values, Slovenia.
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Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  27511  PhD Sanja Cukut Krilić  Sociology  Junior researcher  2006 - 2007  229 
2.  05735  PhD Majda Černič Istenič  Sociology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  412 
3.  11849  PhD Dušanka Knežević Hočevar  Anthropology  Head  2004 - 2007  336 
4.  19325  PhD Andrej Kveder  Human reproduction  Researcher  2004 - 2005  36 
5.  22573  PhD Urška Rajgelj  Criminology and social work  Junior researcher  2004 - 2007  12 
6.  15883  PhD Lilijana Šprah  Psychology  Researcher  2004 - 2007  489 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  61,981 
The unprecedented decline in fertility across Europe that has led to continent-wide fertility that is well bellow replacement causes widespread concern in both professional and popular circles. Even more troubling is the intensive fertility decline of the last decade in the so-called post-socialistic states. The proposed research project "Social Background of Low Fertility among the University-Educated in Slovenia" will clarify the social mechanisms and processes, which significantly determine the fertility behaviour of the university-educated in Slovenia over the last decade. The study will employ a qualitative and quantitative approach to establish the extent to which similar factors and processes are operating on reproductive decisions among higher-educated individuals. The process of fertility decline in Slovenia is significantly related to the increasing general level of educated people, and particularly to the greater proportion of the university-educated. The study focuses on the university-graduates because in Slovenia and Europe the birth rates have dropped among all sectors of population, but most sharply among the university graduates. Analysing the social background of reproductive strategies among university-educated individuals and couples, the researchers will explain those factors, perceptions and understandings of fertility behaviour, which are by the rule omitted and neglected in the large-scale quantitative studies. The novelty of the proposed research project is thus in the integration of the analysis of large-scale datasets with the analysis of qualitative data obtained in anthropological fieldwork within the theoretical framework of demographic anthropology. The analysis of understanding of fertility behaviour as perceived by the informants will constitute the first comprehensive study of fertility decline in Slovenia.
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