Population: Opposing Viewpoints


Considers opposing opinions on various issues concerning world population including problems of rapid growth, the effects of population on the environment, and ways of decreasing human fertility.

Considers opposing opinions on various issues concerning world population including problems of rapid growth, the effects of population on the environment, and ways of decreasing human fertility.

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Considers opposing opinions on various issues concerning world population including problems of rapid growth, the effects of population on the environment, and ways of decreasing human fertility.

Considers opposing opinions on various issues concerning world population including problems of rapid growth, the effects of population on the environment, and ways of decreasing human fertility.

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Editorial Reviews

Each title in this series examines a pivotal period in history by presenting "a group of essays chosen for their accessibility" to young adults. Introductions in each volume provide an overview of the topic, and excerpts from articles and books are preceded by brief summaries of their authors' often-conflicting arguments. Appendices include relevant documents. American Slavery, for example, offers essays organized under five broad chapter headings: Origins of American Slavery; Slavery in the American Revolution; A House Divided: American Slavery in the Antebellum Era; Civil War and the End of American Slavery; and Was the Civil War Necessary to End Slavery? Within each chapter there are between two and six articles or excerpts, on subjects ranging from "Social Tensions Within Southern Plantation Society" to "How Slaves Responded to their Emancipation" to "War Was Not Necessary to End American Slavery." The authors, mainly history professors, provide a wide range of opinions that will help students hone their critical thinking skills. Discussion questions round off the book, along with an appendix of documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation and a chronology. Valuable for history classes as well as for high school and public libraries. Titles coming in 2001 include Ancient Egyptian Civilization, The Early Middle Ages, The End of Ancient Rome, The Holocaust, The Inquisition, and The Vietnam War. (Early Civilizations) KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Greenhaven Press, 272p, 99-36891, 23cm, bibliogs, indexes, $14.96. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick; January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
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Gr 9 Up-Five major questions are addressed in this series entry: ``Is there a population problem?'' ``Is the world's population growing too fast?'' ``Is overpopulation responsible for hunger, poverty, and environmental problems?'' ``What are the effects of immigration in the United States?'' and ``What population policies should be pursued?'' The first question is dealt with from a historical perspective with essays and articles debating state involvement in population growth or control and the ability of science to solve the problem. Different sides of each question are examined with articles and essays by scholars, environmentalists, economists, journalists, scientists, sociologists, and spokespeople interested in the issues. Lists of periodical articles for further reading follow the diverse views presented. Political cartoons serve to drive home various points. Clear writing, further aided in many cases by charts and graphs, makes this an especially accessible volume for students doing research or preparing for debates. Appendixes include discussion ideas for each question presented, a list of organizations to contact, a bibliography, and a comprehensive index.-Dana McDougald, Cedar Shoals High School, Athens, GA
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-This anthology covers the struggle of ancient Greece in its attempt to become a unified empire, its contributions to the ancient world, and its ultimate demise. The contributors include well-known historians and each of the essays or excerpts from larger works has a brief introduction that summarizes its argument. Entries address such topics as politics, military, social, and cultural conditions. Additionally, this book also provides a chronology, excerpts from primary documents, an extensive list of ancient and modern sources for further reading, and a thorough index. This excellent title is organized with researchers in mind and gives concrete examples of writing to support a thesis. Unfortunately there are no illustrations or maps. Although the value of this book lies in its information for reports, anyone interested in the subject will find the text fascinating.-Lana Miles, Duchesne Academy, Houston, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737702927
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 8.84 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 9
Introduction 12
Chapter 1 The Historical Debate: Is There a Population Problem?
Chapter Preface 16
1. The State Should Encourage Population Growth 17
2. The State Should Discourage Population Growth 24
3. Overpopulation Is a Serious Problem 31
4. Overpopulation Is a Myth 39
5. Science Will Solve the Population Problem 45
6. Science Will Not Solve the Population Problem 54
Periodical Bibliography 61
Chapter 2 How Will Population Grow in the Twenty-First Century?
Chapter Preface 63
1. Global Population Will Reach Crisis Proportions by 2050 64
2. Global Population Will Decrease After 2050 74
3. Developed Nations Will Face Severe Underpopulation 81
4. Increases in Life Expectancy Could Cause a Population Explosion 87
Periodical Bibliography 95
Chapter 3 How Serious a Problem Is Overpopulation?
Chapter Preface 97
1. Increased Population Is Causing a Global Ecological Disaster 98
2. Increased Population Is Not Causing a Global Ecological Disaster 106
3. Overpopulation Contributes to World Hunger 114
4. Overpopulation Is Not the Main Cause of World Hunger 122
5. Overpopulation Could Lead to Extinction 130
6. Overpopulation Is Not a Serious Problem 138
Periodical Bibliography 142
Chapter 4 Can Nations Control Population Without Violating Individuals' Reproductive Freedom?
Chapter Preface 144
1. Contraception and Abortion Are Necessary to Control Population 145
2. Contraception and Abortion Are Unethical 151
3. Population Control Programs Benefit Developing Nations 157
4. Current Population Control Programs Do Not Benefit Developing Nations 167
5. Coercive Population Control Programs Violate Human Rights 180
6. Coercive Population Control Programs Are Necessary 189
7. Industrialized Nations Should Help Developing Nations to Modernize 198
Periodical Bibliography 210
For Further Discussion 211
Organizations to Contact 213
Bibliography of Books 216
Index 219
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