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International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes

  • Nancy E. Riley
  • Jan Brunson

Part of the International Handbooks of Population book series (IHOP, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Nancy E. Riley, Jan Brunson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Methodology and Measurement

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Nancy E. Riley, Deborah S. DeGraff
      Pages 15-36
  4. Fertility & Infertility

  5. Health, Morbidity, & Mortality

  6. Migration & Displacement

About this book


This handbook presents a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of gender in demography, addressing the many different influences of gender that arise from or influence demographic processes.  It collects in one volume the key issues and perspectives in this area, whereby demography is broadly defined. The purpose in casting a wide net is to cover the range of work being done within demography, but at the same time to open up our perspectives to neighboring fields to encourage better conversations around these issues.

The chapters in this handbook carefully document definition and measurement issues, and take up parts of the demographic picture and focus on how gender plays a role in outcomes.  In other cases, gender often plays a cross-cutting role in social processes; rather than having a single or easily distinguishable role, it often combines with other social institutions and even other statuses and inequalities to affect outcomes.  Thus, a key factor in this volume is how gender interacts with race/ethnicity, class, nationality, and sexuality in any demographic setting.

While each section contains chapters that are broad overviews of the current state of knowledge and behavior,  the handbook also includes chapters that focus on specific cultures or events in order to examine  how gender operates in a particular circumstance. 


Demography Gender Population Feminist demography Gender studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Nancy E. Riley
    • 1
  • Jan Brunson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyBowdoin CollegeBrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Hawai’i at MānoaHonoluluUSA

About the editors

Nancy E. Riley is a professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College (Maine, USA). She has graduate degrees in sociology, public health, and demography. Her research focuses on population, gender, and families. She has published extensively on issues in critical demography, especially on gender and demography, including Demography in the Age of the Postmodern (Cambridge, 2003). Her empirical work examines issues of families, gender, and population in China; her 2012 book (Springer), Laboring in Paradise: Gender, Work, and Family in a Chinese Economic Zone explored the gendered dynamics of power in migrant families in Northeast China. Her most recent book, Population in China (Polity) was published in 2017. She is currently working on a project on Chinese experience in Hawai`i.

Jan Brunson is an anthropologist (Ph.D. Brown University, trainee of the Population Studies and Training Center) specializing in global discourses on women’s health.  Her research intertwines medical anthropology, demography, and cultural studies of science, technology, and medicine.  She has conducted ethnographic research in Nepal on women’s health and the politics of reproduction for over a decade.  Her research portfolio includes studies of contraceptive technologies and family planning discourses, maternal health in resource-poor and disaster settings, Maoist motherhood, and women’s autonomy and spatial mobility.  Brunson served as the Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction, under the auspices of the Society for Medical Anthropology, from 2015 to 2017.  Her first book, Planning Families in Nepal: Global and Local Projects of Reproduction, offers an account of Hindu Nepali women as they face conflicting global and local ideals regarding reproduction and family.  Her articles appear in the scholarly journals Social Science and Medicine, Ethnos, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Studies in Family Planning, Practicing Anthropology, and Studies in Nepali History and Society.  Brunson is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes
  • Editors Nancy E. Riley
    Jan Brunson
  • Series Title International Handbooks of Population
  • Series Abbreviated Title Internat.Hdbks Population
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-024-1288-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-024-1643-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-024-1290-1
  • Series ISSN 1877-9204
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1877
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 359
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Demography
    Gender Studies
    Sociology, general
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