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Egypt Popul Fam Plann Rev. 1973 Jun;3(1):1-13.

The demographic transition theory. A teleologic reconceptualization.



The author attempts to demonstrate 2 points: 1) because people are self-concious and physical systems are not, conceptualization theories about people cannot be the same as those involving physical systems, and 2) misconceptions of the critics are responsible for criticism of the demographic transition theory (DTT). Developing countries are seen to be different from developed countries in 1) rearing of children, 2) religious class and ruling elites and 3) inheritance system. Kaplan's definitions and explanations of a theory dealing with the DTT and the differences between developing and developed countries are described. It is suggested that the DTT is supposed to be teleologic but has been viewed as mechanistic. The theory can only work in countries where the conditions included in the assumptions of the theory prevail. It was concluded that the DTT is valid and can be applied to developing countries if it is conceived in terms of teleologic ideology.

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