Demographic And Structural Change

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Twelve population scientists address the questions: What are the major changes that occurred in the 1980s? What created these changes? What major consequences result from these changes for the present and for the future? Included are chapters that give theoretical explanations of social change, discuss the social and ecological effects of high population density, and show the change in population composition, fertility and mortality rates, and migration patterns. In addition to these traditional demographic concerns, the work also provides insights into community redevelopment, poverty, changing family patterns, and ethnic identification.

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Nine essays look at the major social changes that occurred in the US during the 1980s, the structural and demographic changes that created the social changes, and the consequences and implications for the near future. They consider not only the traditional demographic measures of fertility, mortality, and migration, but also such aspects as community development, poverty, and family patterns. Theories of social change, the social and ecological effects of a high population density, and diversity of population composition are also discussed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313287442
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/16/1996
  • Series: Controversies in Science Series, #11
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

DENNIS L. PECK is Professor of Sociology at The University of Alabama.

J. SELWYN HOLLINGSWORTH is Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Alabama.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
1 Theories of Demographic Change 1
2 New Dynamics of Urban-Suburban Change: Immigration, Restructuring, and Racial Separation 18
3 Age and Race in the United States: The 1980s and Beyond 63
4 Fertility Trends in the United States 85
5 Public Health and Mortality: Public Health in the 1980s 101
6 The Cashier Complex and the Changing American Labor Force 127
7 Urban Redevelopment and the Post-Industrial City: The Persistence of Gentrification in Central Cities, 1980-1990 142
8 Poverty in the Midst of Plenty 169
9 Cross-Racial Births in the United States, 1968-1988 187
Concluding Comments 205
Author Index 207
Subject Index 213
About the Contributors 217
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