The Demography of Africa

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Written lucidly and simply to serve as an introduction to the study of the African continent from a human population perspective, this book demonstrates important factors in the ebb and flow of group size and structure using the example of the fastest growing region in the world. From a total original population of less than a quarter million in prehistoric times to the present count of 642 million people in 1990, Africa is now demonstrating an annual growth rate of 3.0%, the highest on the planet. While the rest...

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Overview

Written lucidly and simply to serve as an introduction to the study of the African continent from a human population perspective, this book demonstrates important factors in the ebb and flow of group size and structure using the example of the fastest growing region in the world. From a total original population of less than a quarter million in prehistoric times to the present count of 642 million people in 1990, Africa is now demonstrating an annual growth rate of 3.0%, the highest on the planet. While the rest of the world's population is expected to increase by 60%, Africa's is expected to increase by 100%, doubling by the year 2025 to a projected total of 1.6 billion people. The major factor creating the high growth rate is the drop in death rates while the fertility rates remain high. Stress on the population has been related to urbanization which has increased since African countries attained independence in the 1960s. Employment opportunities in cities are inadequate and slum conditions have appeared around most major cities. Since agriculture remains the major industry and occupation, rural development policies are seen to hold the most promise for stemming urban migration and reducing famine and poverty.

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Analyzes past, current, and probable future population trends in Africa, along with their underlying structures and implications, for scholars interested in studying the continent's rich demographic history. Explains the basic demographic concepts, data, and techniques that measure various population phenomena, de-emphasizing mathematics, presents demographic characteristics of the 56 African nations excluding Eritrea, and examines pressing demographic problems and proposed approaches. Includes a glossary. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275948856
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1996
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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JAMES D. TARVER died in June 1996. Dr. Tarver was Demographic Consultant for the United rations, Professor of Demography at the University of Botswana, Director of Demographic Research and Training at the University of Georgia, and most recently, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Howard University.

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements
1 Introduction to the Study of African Demography 1
2 World Population Growth 13
3 Population Growth in Africa 25
4 Fertility of the African Population 35
5 Mortality in Africa 59
6 The Age-Sex Structure of the Population 83
7 Urbanization in Africa 91
8 The Rural Population of Africa 105
9 Internal Migration in Africa 117
10 International Migration in Africa 133
11 The Economically Active Population 151
12 Income and Economic Welfare in Africa 169
13 Education of the Population 193
14 Population Projections 209
15 Population Policies 223
16 The Future of Demography in Africa 237
Glossary 243
App. 1 Official Language, European Colonial Power, and Date of Independence of African Countries 253
App. 2 Recent Population Censuses of African Countries 259
Index 265
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