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Demography in the Age of the Postmodern

Demography in the Age of the Postmodern


Part of New Perspectives on Anthropological and Social Demography

  • Date Published: July 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521533645

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  • Demography has developed into a remarkably coherent field and now stands as a firmly established discipline with strong ties to policy-making agencies. However, in recent years there has been increasing recognition within demography of the limits of existing theories and methods, particularly its absence of a strong critical tradition and its isolation from recent theoretical developments in other social sciences. In this study, Nancy Riley and James McCarthy use the lens of postmodernism to structure a critical analysis of the field of demography. Paying particular attention to the fundamental epistemologies and methodologies that currently underlie the field, they explore how postmodern perspectives might serve to energize the field and how demography could be enhanced by the introduction of insights from other social sciences. Drawing on examples of new kinds of research in demography and related fields, this is an important new book that seeks to reinvigorate the field of demography.

    • Explores how postmodern perspectives can re-energize the field
    • Critical examination of the development of demography as a field
    • Considers how strengths of demography can be enhanced by insights and approaches from other social science fields
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521533645
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.351kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: why examine demography?
    2. A brief introduction to postmodernism
    3. The essentials of demography
    4. A genealogy of demography
    5. Demography's place in the social sciences
    6. Feminist demography
    7. Postmodern perspectives in demography
    8. Some final thoughts

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Population and Demography
  • Authors

    Nancy E. Riley, Bowdoin College, Maine
    Nancy E. Riley is Associate Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College, Maine.

    James McCarthy, University of New Hampshire
    James McCarthy is Professor of Health Management and Policy, and Dean of the School of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire.

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