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November 03, 2011

Fall 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Albert I. Hermalin and Deborah Lowry


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Albert I. Hermalin, U-M Population Studies Center, ISR
Deborah Lowry, U-M Population Studies Center, ISR

The Age Prevalence of Smoking among Chinese Women: A Case of Arrested Diffusion?

November 8, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

The smoking prevalence by age of women in China is distinct from most other countries in showing more frequent smoking among older women than younger. Using newly developed birth cohort histories of smoking, the authors demonstrate that although over one quarter of women born 1908-1912 smoked, levels of smoking declined across successive cohorts. This occurred despite high rates of smoking by men and the wide availability of cigarettes. The analysis shows how this pattern is counter to that predicted by the leading theoretical perspectives on the diffusion of smoking and suggests that it arose out of a special culture of gender relations.

Albert Hermalin is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Research Professor Emeritus of the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. He joined the University in 1967. His earlier research focused on fertility and family planning in Taiwan and subsequently in other developing countries. For the last 20 years he has concentrated on the dynamics and consequences of population aging in Asia, leading to the edited monograph, “The Well-Being of the Elderly in Asia: a Four Country Comparative Study” (2002). More recent research has examined the health and mortality levels of the older population in Taiwan, and the patterns of tobacco use among women in East Asia.

Deborah Lowry was a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan's Population Research Center from 2008-2011 and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Montevallo, Alabama. Her research focuses on aging and elderly well-being in the midst of China’s economic development and urbanization, as well as strategic individual and household responses to (and roles in) China’s social changes. Her most recent field work investigates at-home chronic illness management in Hangzhou.

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