This is the third in an essential series of Springer handbooks that explore key aspects of the nexus between demography and social science. With an inclusive international perspective, and founded on the principles of social demography, this handbookshows how the rural population, which recently dropped below 50 per cent of the world total, remains a vital segment of society living in proximity to much-needed developmental and amenity resources. The rich diversity of rural areas shapes the capacity of resident communities to address far-reaching social, environmental and economic challenges. Some will survive, become sustainable and even thrive, while others will suffer rapid depopulation. This handbook demonstrates how these future development trajectories will vary according to local characteristics including, but not limited to, population composition.
The growing complexity of rural society is in part a product of significant international variations in population trends, making this comparative and comprehensive study of rural demography all the more relevant. Collating the latest research on international rural demography, the handbook will be an invaluable aid to policy makers as they try to understand how demographic dynamics depend on the economic, social and environmental characteristics of rural areas. It will also aid researchers assessing the unique factors at play in the rural context and endeavoring to produce meaningful results that will advance policy and scholarship. Finally, the handbook is an ideal text for graduate students in a spread of disciplines from sociology to international development.
About the Author
Dr. László J. Kulcsár is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. His field of expertise is social demography and regional development, with a particular emphasis on migration, urbanization and spatial inequalities. He does research on population dynamics and social change in rural areas, focusing on two major trends: aging and the impact of natural resource use. Dr. Kulcsár participates in NSF funded interdisciplinary research programs that tie population projections to land use change and the transforming rural landscape in the Great Plains. He also studies the social and demographic transformation of Eastern Europe from a historical perspective, with a particular emphasis on the post-socialist period. Dr. Kulcsár teaches courses on social and spatial inequalities, population dynamics, aging, immigration and sociological methodology.
Katherine J. Curtis University of Wisconsin-Madison Assistant Professor PhD, Sociology, University of Washington. Curtis work broadly addresses the demography of inequality. Her analytical approach aims to address spatial and temporal aspects of the demographic features underlying inequality-generating processes. Her work consistently engages multiple literatures across disciplines to gain greater substantive and technical insight. Curtis work has been published in the fields top journal and featured in special publications and conferences focusing on spatial demography.
Table of Contents
1: Why does rural demography still matter? : László J. Kulcsár.- 2: Challenges in the analysis of rural populations in the United States: Steve. H. Murdock, Michael Cline, Mary Zey.- 3: Rural natural increase in the new century: America’s third demographic transition: Kenneth M. Johnson, Daniel T. Lichter.- 4: Migration and rural population change: Comparative views in more developed nations: David Brown.- 5: World Urbanization: Destiny and reconceptualization: Avery M. Guest.- 6: Rural aging in international context: E. Helen Berry.- 7: Europe’s rural demography: Anthony Champion.- 8: The demography of rural Latin America: The case of Chile: Leif Jensen, David Ader.- 9: Rural demography in Asia and the Pacific Rim: Gavin Jones, Premchand Dommaraju.- 10: Demographic change and rural-urban inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa: Theory and trends: Parfait M Eloundou-Enyegue, Sarah C. Giroux.- 11: Demographic structure and process in rural China: Dudley L. Poston, JR., Mary Ann Davis, Danielle Xiaodan Deng.- 12: Rural population trends in Mexico: demographic and labor changes: Landy Sabches, Edith Pachecco.- 13: Rural demography in India: T.V. Sekher.- 14: The aboriginal people of Canada: a rural perspective: Gustave Goldmann.- 15: Rural race and ethnicity: Rogelio Sáenz.- 16: Family matters: gender, work arrangements, and the rural myth: Leann M. Tiggs, Hae Yeon Choo.- 17: Rural families in transition: Kristin E. Smith, Marybeth J. Mattingly.- 18: Rural health disparities: P. Johnelle Sparks.- 19: Perspectives on U.S. rural labor markets in the first decade of the twenty-first century: Alexander C. Vias.- 20: Race and place: Determinants of Poverty in the Texas borderland and the lower Mississippi Delte: Joachim Singelmann, Tim Slack, Kayla Fontenot.- 21: Rural jobs: Making a living in the countryside: Gary Paul green.- 22: The spatial heterogeneity and geographic extent of population deconcentration: Measurement and policy implications: Joanna P. Ganning, Benjamin D. McCall.- 23: Integrating ecology and demography to understand the interrelationship between environmental issues and rural populations: Christopher A. Lepczyk, Marc Linderman, Roger B. Hammer.- 24: Boom or bust? Population dynamics in natural resource dependent counties: Richelle Winkler, Cheng Cheng, Shaun Golding.- 25: Neoliberal democratization and public health inequalities in Sub-Saharan Africa: A proposed conceptual and empirical design: Moshi Optat Herman.- 26: Divers ruralities in the 21st Century: from effacement to (re)invention: Keith Halfacree.