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Handbook of Population

  • Dudley L. Poston Jr.
  • Provides a broad overview of the field of population studies

  • Includes chapters on new topics, updated chapters and contemporary perspectives

  • Raises awareness on causes and consequences of demographic behavior throughout the world

Book

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Michael Micklin
    Pages 1-15
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 19-49
    3. Avery M. Guest, Susan K. Brown
      Pages 51-77
    4. Lynne M. Casper
      Pages 79-105
    5. Nancy E. Riley
      Pages 107-142
    6. Marc A. Garcia, Catherine García, Kyriakos Markides
      Pages 143-161
    7. Rogelio Sáenz, Maria Cristina Morales
      Pages 163-207
    8. Yeris H. Mayol-Garcia, William P. O’Hare
      Pages 209-232
    9. Mary Ann Davis
      Pages 233-261
    10. Teresa A. Sullivan
      Pages 263-278
    11. Amanda K. Baumle, Ben Dreon
      Pages 279-288
    12. Mark Mather, Beth Jarosz
      Pages 289-315
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-318
    2. S. Philip Morgan, Anna Rybińska
      Pages 319-342
    3. Maria Perez-Patron, Bethany DeSalvo
      Pages 343-354
    4. Richard G. Rogers, Robert A. Hummer, Patrick M. Krueger, Justin M. Vinneau
      Pages 355-381
    5. Michael J. White, David P. Lindstrom
      Pages 383-419
    6. Susan K. Brown, Frank D. Bean, Sabrina Nasir
      Pages 421-455

About this book

Introduction

“Demography is a dynamic field that is constantly evolving, which is why the 2006 edition of The Handbook of Population was such a welcome update to earlier summation prepared in 1959 by Philip Hauser and Dudley Duncan. The second edition of The Handbook is likewise a welcome addition to the literature given the rapid pace of change in demographic research today. Not only have earlier updates on new topics such as biodemography and political demography been expanded, the new edition also contains entirely new chapters on emerging issues of demographic interest such as obesity, inequality, and adoption. Editor Dudley Poston continues to provide a great service to the field by keeping demographers abreast of the latest developments in population science.” (Douglas S. Massey, Princeton, USA)

“The 2nd edition of the Handbook of Population covers the major topics of the discipline of demography, including current substantive, methodological and theoretical issues of interest, as well as new and emerging topics in the field. In addition to revised, updated and extended chapters that were included in the 1st edition, this 2nd edition of the Handbook brings to the forefront entirely new chapters covering such major themes as children, adoption, sexuality, inequality, population psychology, rural demography, and obesity. Chapters in this Handbook will expand our knowledge of the field, and will raise awareness of the causes and the consequences of demographic behavior and events in societies throughout the world. This 2nd edition will also serve as a reference in the field of population studies for years to come. It will generate new questions and research ideas and will positively impact the growth, development, and expansion of demography.”


Keywords

Demography of Race and Ethnicity Demographic perspective Demography of Aging Population Distribution and Suburbanization Historical Demography Human Demography Infant and Adult Mortality Demography of Gender Demography of Children International Migration Demography of Social Stratification Population Psychology Population and the Social Sciences Organizational and Corporate Demography Urban and Rural Demography Anthropological Demography

Editors and affiliations

  • Dudley L. Poston Jr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department SociologyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

About the editors

Dudley L. Poston, Jr. is Professor of Sociology, and the George T. and Gladys H. Abell Professor of Liberal Arts, at Texas A&M University. He also holds the positions of Adjunct Professor of Demography at People’s University, Beijing, China; Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, China; and Adjunct Professor of Demography at Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China.

Dr. Poston joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1992, and served as the Head of the Department of Sociology from 1992 to 1997. He previously served on the Rural Sociology and Sociology faculties, respectively, of Cornell University (1988-1992), and The University of Texas at Austin (1970-1988), where he was also affiliated with the Population Research Center (University of Texas) and the Population and Development Program and the East Asia Studies Program (Cornell University). He was Chair of the Department of Rural Sociology at Cornell University from 1989 to 1992, and he was Director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin from 1981 to 1986. 

His research interests include demography and human ecology, with special attention to the populations of China, Taiwan, and Korea; and human sexuality. At Texas A&M he teaches undergraduate classes in demography and graduate classes in demography, statistics, demographic methods, and the demography of sexuality. In his almost five four decades as a professor, he has chaired over 60 doctoral student committees, including over 40 at Texas A&M University. In his career as a professor since 1970, he has taught demography, statistics and sociology classes to over 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. He has coauthored or coedited 19 books and has authored or coauthored over 320 journal articles and book chapters on various demographic and sociological topics.
Dr. Poston received the Research Excellence Award from the Rural Sociological Society in 1994. In 1998 he received a Distinguished Achievement in Research Award from Texas A&M University, and in 1999 he received a Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts of Texas A&M University; in 2009 he received a Distinguished Achievement Award in Graduate Student Mentoring from Texas A&M University. And in 2011 he received the Social Scientist of the Year Award from the Southwestern Social Science Association. In 1991, he received a Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from the University of Oregon. He was a Visiting Research Professor of Sociology at the National Taiwan University in 1987.

Dr. Poston served as President (2004-2005) of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He served (1995 through 1998) as the President of Research Committee 41 (Sociology of Population) of the International Sociological Association. He served (1995 through 1997) as President of the North American Chinese Sociologists Association. He served as President of the Southwestern Sociological Association in 1983-84. He served during 1975-1977 as the President of the Southern Demographic Association. He has been elected to membership in Alpha Kappa Delta (1964), Gamma Sigma Delta (1991), Phi Beta Delta (1993), Phi Kappa Phi (1999), and the Sociological Research Association (1984). And in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Handbook of Population
  • Editors Dudley L. Poston Jr.
  • Series Title Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
  • Series Abbreviated Title Hdb of Sociology,Social Research
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10910-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-10909-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-10910-3
  • Series ISSN 1389-6903
  • Series E-ISSN 2542-839X
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XXI, 914
  • Number of Illustrations 166 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Demography
    Social Policy
    Social Structure, Social Inequality
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Reviews

“Demography is a dynamic field that is constantly evolving, which is why the 2005 edition of The Handbook of Population was such a welcome update to earlier summation prepared in 1959 by Philip Hauser and Dudley Duncan. The second edition of The Handbook is likewise a welcome addition to the literature given the rapid pace of change in demographic research today. Not only have earlier updates on new topics such as biodemography and political demography been expanded, the new edition also contains entirely new chapters on emerging issues of demographic interest such as obesity, inequality, and adoption. Editor Dudley Poston continues to provide a great service to the field by keeping demographers abreast of the latest developments in population science.” (Douglas S. Massey, Princeton, USA)

“The 2nd edition of the Handbook of Population is a comprehensive overview of the interdisciplinary field of population studies with 34 substantive chapters written by 62 authors. This massive undertaking, which includes major revisions and updating of 27 chapters from the first edition plus seven original chapters on new topics (childhood, adoption, sexuality, inequality, population psychology, rural demography, and obesity). In addition to summarizing the theories, classical debates, empirical trends and patterns, and policy issues in an area, many of the chapters offer an original conceptualization of the organization of research on a topic or subfield. The volume was orchestrated by Dudley Poston, who was also an editor of the first edition. Poston offers a compelling vision of the evolution and breadth of demography in his prologue and authored two substantive chapters. Newcomers to demography—from graduate students to researchers in related fields—will find a thorough introduction to the many branches of population studies in this volume. It will also serve a valuable reference work for experienced researchers and specialists who are looking for the latest developments in fields other than their own and perhaps a new take on their own area of specialization.” (Charles Hirschman, University of Washington, USA)