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Population and Society

Essential Readings

Second Edition

Edited by Frank Trovato

Publication Date - January 2012

ISBN: 9780195439786

432 pages
7.0 x 11.3 inches

Retail Price to Students: $129.99

Brings together twenty-six classic and contemporary published works that are considered to be foundational reading for the study of human population and society


Population and Society brings together twenty-six classic and contemporary published works that are considered to be foundational reading for the study of human population and society.

The book is divided into ten sections with concise introductory overviews by the editor, Frank Trovato. Section one examines the foundational principles of demography and its nature as a multidisciplinary field. Section two addresses the relationship between individual action and demographic phenomena. Sections three and four cover the history of the human population and principles of age composition. Section five focuses on nuptiality and family processes. Sections six, seven, and eight cover the three central variables of demography: fertility, mortality, and migration. Issues pertaining to population and its relationship to environment and resources are presented in Section nine, while the final section is devoted to population policy concerns.

Offering an international perspective, this collection is ideal for use in a variety of related studies: socioeconomic development and change; methods and models; social structure and change; aging and gerontology; human diversity; globalization; regionalism; human ecology; and geography.

About the Author(s)

Frank Trovato has taught demography and population studies at the University of Alberta since his appointment in 1983. He is the editor of Canadian Studies in Population, the official journal of the Canadian Population Society (he is also a past president) and a past director of the Population Research Laboratory (PRL) at the University of Alberta.

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2001

Table of Contents

    Full Table of Contents
    Preface and Acknowledgements
    Section One The Study of Population
    1. The Space and Strategy of Demographic Growth
    Massimo Livi-Bacci
    2. How Do We Know the Facts of Demography?
    Nathan Keyfitz
    Section Two Demographic Processes and Individual Action
    3. The Structure of Demographic Action
    Thomas K. Burch
    4. Illustrating Behavioural Principles with Examples from Demography: The Causal Analysis of Differences in Fertility
    Lincoln Day
    Section Three World Population: Past, Present, Future
    5. The Rising Numbers of Humankind
    Joel Biraben
    6. The Demographic Transition: Three Centuries of Fundamental Change
    Ronald Lee
    Section Four Age Composition
    7. How a Population Ages or Grows Younger
    Ansley J. Coale
    8. The Coming Acceleration of Global Population Aging
    Wolfgang Lutz, Warren Sanderson, and Sergei Scherbov
    Section Five Nuptiality and Family Patterns
    9. Changes in Conjugal Life in Canada: Is Cohabitation Progressively Replacing Marriage?
    Celine Le Bourdais and Evelyne Lapierre-Adamcyk
    10. The Role of Cohabitation in Family Formation: The United States in Comparative Perspective
    Patrick Heuveline and Jeffrey M. Timberlake
    Section Six Fertility
    11. Fertility, Biology, and Behaviour: An Analysis of the Proximate Determinants
    John Bongaarts and Robert G. Potter
    12. Low Fertility in Evolutionary Perspective
    Kingsley Davis
    13. Explanations of the Fertility Crisis in Modern Societies: A Search for Commonalities
    John C. Caldwell and Thomas Schindlmayr
    14. Fertility Transitions in Developing Countries: Progress or Stagnation?
    John Bongaarts
    Section Seven Mortality and Health
    15. Human Mortality throughout History and Prehistory
    Samuel H. Preston
    16. Aging Populations: The Challenges Ahead
    Kaare Christensen, Gabriele Doblhammer, Roland Rau, and James W. Vaupel
    17. Social Determinants of Health Inequalities
    Michael Marmot
    18. Narrowing Sex Differentials in Life Expectancy in the Industrialized World: Early 1970s to Early 1990s
    Frank Trovato and N.M. Lalu
    Section Eight Migration and Urbanization
    19. The Hypothesis of the Mobility Transition
    Wilbur Zelinsky
    20. Population Distribution and Redistribution of the Baby-Boom Cohort in the United States: Recent Trends and Implications
    Peter A. Rogerson and Daejong Kim
    21. The Age of Migration
    Stephen Castles and Mark A. Miller
    Section Nine Population, Environment, and Resources
    22. The Debate over the Effects of Population Growth on Economic Growth
    David E. Bloom, David Canning, and Jaypee Sevilla
    23. Revisiting the Limits to Growth after Peak Oil
    Charles A.S. Hall and John W. Day Jr
    24. The Geography of Poverty and Wealth
    Geoffrey D. Sachs, Andrew D. Mellinger, and John L. Gallup
    Section Ten Population Policy Concerns
    25. The Impact of Family Policies on Fertility in Industrialized Countries: A Review of the Literature
    Anne Gauthier
    26. Making Family Planning Accessible in Resource-Poor Settings
    Ndola Prata