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Living fast and dying young: Variation in life history across English neighbourhoods

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There is marked variation in reproductive behaviour across different social strata of the contemporary English population. Most contemporary discussion of the early childbearing found in deprived areas treats it as either error or pathology. I propose an adaptive perspective instead. More specifically, I argue that living fast is a coherent life-history strategy which makes sense in certain environments and given certain kinds of early-life inputs. I present a series of empirical studies in support of this view, and discuss its implications.

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