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Author: Valerie M. Hudson

ISBN: 9780262582643
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 16 September 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 1.9
Description:
Winner in the category of Government & Political Science in the 2004 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc. and Winner of the 2004 Otis Dudley Duncan Award presented by the Sociology of Population section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) What happens to a society that has too many men? In this provocative book, Valerie Hudson and Andrea den Boer argue that, historically, high male-to-female ratios often trigger domestic and international violence. Most violent crime is committed by young unmarried males who lack stable social bonds. Although there is not always a direct cause-and-effect relationship, these surplus men often play a crucial role in making violence prevalent within society. Governments sometimes respond to this problem by enlisting young surplus males in military campaigns and high-risk public works projects. Countries with high male-to-female ratios also tend to develop authoritarian political systems. Hudson and den Boer suggest that the sex ratios of many Asian countries, particularly China and India--which represent almost 40 percent of the world's population--...

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