"This book is an up-to-date and indispensable tool for teachers, researchers, and all others involved in demography. Edited by three well-known experts, this volume combines essays prepared by outstanding specialists in all important areas of the field. It treats not only the materials and the methods of demography, but also summarizes demographic treatises and textbooks in countries of the world. Truly impressive!" -Sylvia T. Wargon, Senior Research Analyst, Statistics Canada "Demography: Analysis and Synthesis is a comprehensive collection of methodological, theoretical and practical chapters on determinants of population change. In a highly meaningful way it also combines demographic insight with wider themes from neighboring disciplines. It is an excellent reading for those interested in the social repercussions of population change, and a work of reference and a tool for teaching in demography." -Pekka Martikainen, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland "Jointly the four volumes of Demography: Analysis and Synthesis represents the most complete and up-to-date analysis to appear in print of theory and methods central to the core of demographic science. At the same time these volumes represent the most exhaustive synthesis of demography with the many directly and indirectly related fields of knowledge (health-care, migration, integration, history, population policy, etc.) of importance to population studies. This work covers every major theme of demography in its broadest application. It is a truly outstanding achievement and an indispensable source of knowledge for the specialist as well as for the informed lay reader." -Charles Westin, Professor of Migration and Ethnicity Studies, Stockholm University "These volumes bring together accessible research findings from scientists working at the cutting edge of demography, review articles by scholars with global credentials, and fundamental reflections on theoretical and ethical issues in population research, to demonstrate the vitality of European demography today. For scholars anywhere in the world, more than a hundred chapters span the entire spectrum of demography. These chapters provide not only exhaustive bibliographies rich in references to European research not always cited in U.S. sources, but also glimpses of demographic analysis rooted in data from European and other counties, and of the best European minds behind this work. The collection offers an important counter-weight to the mass of research generated by and about demography in the United States, and will be of great value in maintaining an international perspective on how we "do" demography as well as on the populations that demographers study." -Elwood Carlson, Director, Center for Demography and Population Health Florida State UniversityFrom the Publisher:
This four-volume collection of over 140 original chapters covers virtually everything of interest to demographers, sociologists, and others. Over 100 authors present population subjects in ways that provoke thinking and lead to the creation of new perspectives, not just facts and equations to be memorized. The articles follow a theory-methods-applications approach and so offer a kind of 'one-stop shop' that is well suited for students and professors who need non-technical summaries, such as political scientists, public affairs specialists, and others. Unlike shorter handbooks, "Demography: Analysis and Synthesis" offers a long overdue, thorough treatment of the field. Choosing the analytical method that fits the data and the situation requires insights that the authors and editors of "Demography: Analysis and Synthesis" have explored and developed. This extended examination of demographic tools not only seeks to explain the analytical tools themselves, but also the relationships between general population dynamics and their natural, economic, social, political, and cultural environments. Limiting themselves to human populations only, the authors and editors cover subjects that range from the core building blocks of population change - fertility, mortality, and migration - to the consequences of demographic changes in the biological and health fields, population theories and doctrines, observation systems, and the teaching of demography. The international perspectives brought to these subjects is vital for those who want an unbiased, rounded overview of these complex, multifaceted subjects. Topics to be covered include: Population Dynamics and the Relationship Between Population Growth and Structure; The Determinants of Fertility; The Determinants of Mortality; The Determinants of Migration; Historical and Geographical Determinants of Population; The Effects of Population on Health, Economics, Culture, and the Environment; Population Policies; and, Data Collection Methods and Teaching about Population Studies. Features include: all chapters share a common format; each chapter features several cross-references to other chapters; tables, charts, and other non-text features are widespread; and, each chapter contains at least 30 bibliographic citations.
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