Human Population Dynamics: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives / Edition 1

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Human Population Dynamics introduces theoretical frameworks and methodologies from different traditional disciplines to demonstrate how changes in human population structure can be addressed from several different academic perspectives. The book contains contributions from world-renowned researchers in demography, social and biological anthropology, genetics, biology, sociology, ecology, history and human geography. In particular, the contributors emphasize the lability of many population structures and boundaries, as viewed from their area of expertise.

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"Carefully edited.... This volume could be used as a supplement in an upper-division course in human biology, biological anthropology, and demography." American Journal of Human Biology
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The contributors represent disciplines ranging from evolution to pediatrics, but mostly anthropology, and are from countries ranging from India to Spain, but mostly Britain and the US. They write for researchers in other specialties, which means the technical level should be accessible to general readers as well. The glossary does not indicate pronunciation. The 10 studies are from a 2000 workshop of the Biosocial Society, held in Oxford, England. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004688
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Series: Biosocial Society Symposium Series , #14
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 242
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Macbeth is an Honorary Research Fellow and retired Principal Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

Paul Collinson is an Honorary Research Fellow and former Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Geoffrey Harrison; Preface; 1. Introduction Helen Macbeth and Paul Collinson; 2. Demographic perspectives on human population dynamics Andrew Hinde; 3. The growing concentration of world population from 1950 to 2050 John I. Clarke; 4. Population, community and society in peasant societies Robert Layton; 5. From genetic variation to population dynamics: insights into the biological understanding of humans Jaume Betranpetit and Francesc Calafell; 6. Social institutions and demographic regimes in non-industrial societies: a comparative approach Richard Smith; 7. The dynamics of child survival Emily K. Rousham and Louise T. Humphrey; 8. Genetic structure of south Indian caste populations: a confluence of biology and culture L. B. Jorde, M. J. Bamshad, W. S. Watkins, C. E. Ricker, M. E. Dixon, B. B. Rao, B. V. R. Prasad and J. M. Naidu; 9. Fertility, mortality and migration transitions in association with socioeconomic modernisation among highland minority populations in South East Asia Peter Kunstadter; 10. Ecology, homeostasis and survival in human population dynamics Robert Attenborough; Glossary.

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