Demographic Methods and Concepts / Edition 1

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Demographic Methods and Concepts presents the methods most commonly needed to work with statistical materials on population at national, regional, and local levels. Unlike other texts in the field, this book uses clear non-technical language throughout to make demographic techniques accessible to a diverse array of students, regardless of their background in mathematics. All the demographic techniques most relevant to the work of demographers, geographers, sociologists, and planners are covered. Demographic concepts and practical strategies important in the interpretation of population statistics are also included. The book is ideal for undergraduate courses in sociology, geography, economics, and statistics.


·Provides techniques for analysis of population at regional, local, and national scales

·Includes chapters on migration and applied demography

·Integrates computer-based learning modules--the nature of demographic concepts and visual comparisons of demographic data--throughout the text

·Employs spreadsheet exercises using demographic statistics at the end of every chapter to help students develop relevant skills

Student CD-ROM--Packaged With Every Book

·Fully integrated with the text, this CD-ROM contains Excel spreadsheet modules and applications facilitating demographic studies.

Companion Website

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Are you looking for a demography text that is amusing, literate, and comprehensive? Do you want a CD with wonderfully constructed graphs that run the demographic transition through before your very eyes for the country of your choice; that let you build population pyramids; that project populations with different mortality, fertility, and migration assumptions; that illustrate the stages of epidemiologic transition and much more? If yes, your wishes can now be fulfilled."--Katherine Bates, People and Place, vol. 11, no. 3, 2003

"So self-contained, so thorough, and so elementary (in the best sense of the term!) is the book that it induces a guilty pleasure on the part of this reader."--Herbert L. Smith, University of Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198752639
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2003
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 546
  • Sales rank: 1,229,698
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Rowland is a Reader in Population Studies at the Australian National University, where he teaches courses on demographic methods, population trends and social changes. He has published monographs, and numerous papers in academic journals and books, focussing on migration, the family, ageing, and national population changes. His research has included many studies undertaken for Australian and international organisations, including the Committee for International Cooperation in National Research in Demography (CICRED), the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) and the United Nations. Like many demographers, his research and teaching is undertaken in an interdisciplinary setting; interests in family sociology and social gerontology supplement his formal academic qualifications in geography and demography.

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Table of Contents

Each chapter contains study resources including glossary of key terms, further reading, internet resources, exercises, and spreadsheet exercises
Section 1. Population Dynamics
1. Population Change
2. Population Growth and Decline
3. Age-Sex Composition
Section 2. Analytical Approaches
4. Comparing Populations
5. Demographic Writing
Section 3. Vital Processes
6. Mortality and Health
7. Fertility and the Family
Section 4. Demographic Models
8. Life Tables
9. Stable and Stationary Models
Section 5. Spatial Patterns and Processes
10. Population Distribution
11. Migration
Section 6. Applied Demography
12. Population Projections and Estimates
13. Population Composition
A: Basic maths
B: Using the Excel modules
C: Introduction to Excel
D: Answers to exercises

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