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This comprehensive yet accessible textbook is an ideal resource for undergraduate and graduate students taking their first course in demography. Clearly explaining technical demographic issues without using extensive mathematics, Population and Society is sociologically oriented, but incorporates a variety of social sciences in its approach, including economics, political science, geography, and history. It highlights the significant impact of decision-making at the individual level - especially regarding fertility, but also mortality and migration - on population change. The text engages students by providing numerous examples of demography's practical applications in their lives, and demonstrates the extent of its relevance by examining a wide selection of data from the United States, Africa, Asia, and Europe. This thoroughly revised edition includes four new chapters, covering topics such as race and sexuality, and encourages students to consider the broad implications of population growth and change for global challenges such as environmental degradation.Read more
- Can be covered completely in a one-semester course
- Written in a clear, concise style that students can easily understand
- Requires no advanced knowledge of mathematics
- Includes a glossary of all key terms
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'This textbook is wonderfully in-depth and accessible, making this an ideal text for an undergraduate or graduate course in social demography. Filled with interesting examples, key issues, and important controversies from the field of population studies, students will come away with a good understanding of this dynamic field. Poston and Bouvier have done a great job making clear the importance of demography to our understanding of societies across the world.' Nancy E. Riley, Bowdoin College, MaineSee more reviews
'From concepts and theories to measures and models, the second edition of this book offers an inspiring, delightful and eloquent introduction to the principles of population studies and its broader application to historical and contemporary societies. A must-read primer for all undergraduate and graduate students interested in social, human, behavioral and health sciences.' Sabu S. Padmadas, University of Southampton
02nd May 2018 by Jtehan
Very useful, not like many of my school textbooks. My minor is sociology and I learned a lot from this book and it was actually interesting, which makes it much easier to read.
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: December 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107645936
- length: 532 pages
- dimensions: 255 x 177 x 22 mm
- weight: 1.12kg
- contains: 78 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. An introduction to demography
2. Theories of population
3. The sources of demographic information
5. The family and sexuality
6. Contraception and birth control
8. Internal migration
9. International migration
10. Age and sex composition
11. Race and ethnic relations
12. World population change over time
13. Population change in the US
14. Population distribution
15. Population policy
16. World population in the twenty-first century.
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