The Population of Modern China

  • Dudley L. PostonJr.
  • David Yaukey

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N3-xii
  2. Introduction: Population and Population Studies in China

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. Li Muzhen
      Pages 5-18
  3. Size, Growth, and Distribution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-50
    2. Judith Banister
      Pages 51-57
    3. Lee-Jay Cho
      Pages 59-81
    4. Li Muzhen
      Pages 83-112
  4. International Migration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-115
    2. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Yu Mei-Yu
      Pages 117-148
    3. Peter Kwong
      Pages 149-159
  5. Mortality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-162
    2. Judith Banister
      Pages 163-223
    3. Basil Ashton, Kenneth Hill, Alan Piazza, Robin Zeitz
      Pages 225-271
  6. Fertility, Abortion and Contraceptive Trends

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-275
    2. Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 277-285
    3. Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 311-327
  7. Fertility Differentials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-331
    2. Ronald Freedman, Xiao Zhenyu, Li Bohua, William Lavely
      Pages 333-365
  8. Fertility Policy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-400
    2. Susan Greenhalgh, John Bongaarts
      Pages 401-419
    3. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Toni Falbo
      Pages 427-443
  9. Age and Sex Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 445-447
    2. Fred Arnold, Liu Zhaoxiang
      Pages 491-523
  10. Marriage and Family

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 525-527
    2. Ansley J. Coale
      Pages 529-534
    3. Zeng Yi
      Pages 535-547
  11. Ethnic Composition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 549-552
    2. Judith Banister
      Pages 553-572
    3. Fei Xiao Tong
      Pages 601-613
  12. Internal Migration and Urbanization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 615-616
    2. Alice Goldstein, Sidney Goldstein
      Pages 617-632
  13. Epilogue: China in 1990

    1. Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 699-718
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 719-757

About this book


Student~ interested in world populations and demography inevitably need to know China. As the most populous country of the world, China occupies a unique position in the world population system. How its population is shaped by the intricate interplays among factors such as its political ideology and institutions, economic reality, government policies, sociocultural traditions, and ethnic divergence represents at once a fascinating and challenging arena for investigatIon and analysis. Yet, for much of the 20th century, while population studies have developed into a mature science, precise information and sophisticated analysis about the Chinese population had largely remained either lacking or inaccessible, first because of the absence of systematic databases due to almost uninterrupted strife and wars, and later because the society was closed to the outside observers for about three decades since 1949. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution, things have dramatically changed. China has embarked on an ambitious reform program where modernization became the utmost goal of societal mobilization. China could no longer afford to rely on imprecise census or survey information for population-related studies and policy planning, nor to remaining closed to the outside world. Both the gathering of more precise information and access to such information have dramatically increased in the 1980s. Systematic observations, analyses and reporting about the Chinese population have surfaced in the population literature around the globe.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dudley L. PostonJr.
    • 1
  • David Yaukey
    • 2
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-44138-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1231-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1389-6784
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