Introduction Transitions: Thinking about Population over Time Population Projections and Data Population Structures Analyzing Fertility and Mortality Migration Living Arrangements Family Formation Health Inequalities Population Futures References
Clare Holdsworth is Professor of Social Geography at Keele University. Nissa Finney teaches in the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St. Andrews. Dr Alan Marshall is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of St. Andrews. Dr Paul Norman is a Lecturer in Human Geography Applied Spatial Analysis & Policy at the University of Leeds.
This textbook provides an excellent introduction to the study of
population and its significance for many of the key social,
political, cultural and environmental issues facing the world
today. It covers population growth, ageing, migration and mobility,
parenting, health inequalities, and much more. While stressing the
complexity of population dynamics, it does a fine job of unpacking
this by taking each aspect in turn and setting out the relevant
theories, definitions, measures and research findings. The text is
written in a highly accessible style, speaking directly to the
reader about what 'you' should be learning at each point and why.
It is helpfully illustrated by examples drawn from the UK and
around the world and complemented by boxes with more detailed
information. The authors do not shy away from areas of continuing
debate, providing both sides of an argument and encouraging readers
to follow up the original sources. Unusually for an introductory
text, this is a book which draws the reader on and, once started,
is quite difficult to put down.
Emeritus Professor of Population Geography, Vice President, British Society for Population Studies, 2011-2013