Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. László J. Kulcsár, Katherine J. Curtis
    Pages 1-6
  3. Steve H. Murdock, Michael Cline, Mary Zey
    Pages 7-15
  4. E. Helen Berry
    Pages 67-79
  5. Anthony Champion
    Pages 81-93
  6. Leif Jensen, David Ader
    Pages 95-110
  7. Gavin Jones, Premchand Dommaraju
    Pages 111-124
  8. Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue, Sarah C. Giroux
    Pages 125-135
  9. Dudley L. Poston, Mary Ann Davis, Danielle Xiaodan Deng
    Pages 137-154
  10. Landy Sanchez, Edith Pacheco
    Pages 155-168
  11. T. V. Sekher
    Pages 169-189
  12. Rogelio Sáenz
    Pages 207-223
  13. Leann M. Tigges, Hae Yeon Choo
    Pages 225-237
  14. Kristin E. Smith, Marybeth J. Mattingly
    Pages 239-253
  15. P. Johnelle Sparks
    Pages 255-271
  16. Gary Paul Green
    Pages 307-317
  17. Richelle Winkler, Cheng Cheng, Shaun Golding
    Pages 349-367
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 401-405

About this book


This is the third in an essential series of Springer handbooks that explore key aspects of the nexus between demography and social science. With an inclusive international perspective, and founded on the principles of social demography, this handbook shows how the rural population, which recently dropped below 50 per cent of the world total, remains a vital segment of society living in proximity to much-needed developmental and amenity resources. The rich diversity of rural areas shapes the capacity of resident communities to address far-reaching social, environmental and economic challenges. Some will survive, become sustainable and even thrive, while others will suffer rapid depopulation. This handbook demonstrates how these future development trajectories will vary according to local characteristics including, but not limited to, population composition.


The growing complexity of rural society is in part a product of significant international variations in population trends, making this comparative and comprehensive study of rural demography all the more relevant. Collating the latest research on international rural demography, the handbook will be an invaluable aid to policy makers as they try to understand how demographic dynamics depend on the economic, social and environmental characteristics of rural areas. It will also aid researchers assessing the unique factors at play in the rural context and endeavoring to produce meaningful results that will advance policy and scholarship. Finally, the handbook is an ideal text for graduate students in a spread of disciplines from sociology to international development.


Demographic change Demographic transition Environmental Sustainability Fertility Gender Human History Land Surface Lumber/Extractive industries Migration Mortality Natural Resources Policy Aspects Population deconcentration Poverty Public health Rural Boomtowns Rural aging Rural demography Rural health disparities Rural natural increase Rural race and ethnicity Social Demography Urbanization World Population World Regions

Editors and affiliations

  • László J. Kulcsár
    • 1
  • Katherine J. Curtis
    • 2
  1. 1., Sociology , Anthropology and Social WorkKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2., Community and Environmental SociologyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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