Handbook of Population

  • Dudley L. Poston
  • Michael Micklin

Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Prologue: The Demographer’s Ken: 50 Years of Growth and Change

    1. Michael Micklin, Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 1-15
  3. Population Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-18
    2. Dudley L. Poston Jr.
      Pages 19-58
    3. Avery M. Guest, Susan K. Brown
      Pages 59-86
    4. Linda J. Waite
      Pages 87-108
    5. Nancy E. Riley
      Pages 109-141
    6. Peter Uhlenberg
      Pages 143-167
    7. Rogelio Saenz, M. Cristina Morales
      Pages 169-208
    8. Teresa A. Sullivan
      Pages 209-225
  4. Population Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-228
    2. S. Philip Morgan, Kellie J. Hagewen
      Pages 229-249
    3. W. Parker Frisbie
      Pages 251-282
    4. Richard G. Rogers, Robert A. Hummer, Patrick M. Krueger
      Pages 283-309
    5. Michael J. White, David P. Lindstrom
      Pages 311-346
    6. Susan K. Brown, Frank D. Bean
      Pages 347-382
    7. Arthur Sakamoto, Daniel A. Powers
      Pages 383-416
  5. Population and the Social Sciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 417-418
    2. Charles Hirschman, Stewart E. Tolnay
      Pages 419-449
    3. Glenn R. Carroll, Olga M. Khessina
      Pages 451-477
    4. Mark Fossett
      Pages 479-524
    5. David I. Kertzer
      Pages 525-547
    6. Andrew Mason
      Pages 549-575
    7. Etienne van de Walle
      Pages 577-600
    8. Dudley L. Poston Jr., W. Parker Frisbie
      Pages 601-623
    9. James R. Carey, James W. Vaupel
      Pages 625-658
    10. Kenneth C. Land, Yang Yang, Zeng Yi
      Pages 659-717
    11. Michael S. Teitelbaum
      Pages 719-730
  6. Applied Demography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 731-732
    2. Joseph E. Potter, Axel I. Mundigo
      Pages 733-759
    3. Stanley K. Smith, Peter A. Morrison
      Pages 761-785
    4. Ichiro Kawachi, S. V. Subramanian
      Pages 787-808
    5. Mark D. Hayward, David F. Warner
      Pages 809-825
    6. John F. May
      Pages 827-852
    7. Dudley L. Poston Jr., Amanda K. Baumle, Michael Micklin
      Pages 853-881
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 883-918

About this book


The Handbook of Population is organized for classroom as well as reference use. It is divided into four sections – Population Structure, Population Processes, Population and the Social Sciences, and Applied Demography – and includes both an Introduction and an Epilogue by the editors. Part I, Population Structure, contains chapters on population size and growth, age and sex composition, marriage and family structure, and demographic analyses of gender, aging, race and ethnicity, and the labor force. Part II is focused on population processes, and includes chapters on fertility, infant and adult mortality, internal and international migration, and the demography of social stratification. Part III reflects the growing multidisciplinary nature of demography. Finally, Part IV recognizes the varied practical applications of demographic perspectives and data to national and global issues and problems.

The chapter authors in this volume are among the leading contributors to demographic scholarship over the past four decades, representing a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives, as well as interests in both basic and applied research.

From the reviews:

"A systematic appraisal of the field of demography is long overdue. It has been almost five decades since Philip Hauser and Otis Dudley Duncan published their classic The Study of Population. The volume naturally covers the latest developments in time-honored  fields such as age and sex, marriage and family, mortality, fertility, and both internal and international migration. It also inlcudes new material on subjects that did not even exist at the time of the last survey, including biodemography, anthropological demography, and political demography.  This comprehensive review of 50 years of progress in theoretical and empirical knowledge confirms that demography is indeed a cumulative science." (Douglas S. Massey, Princeton)

"The Handbook of Population is a worthy successor to the 1959 publication of The Study of Population edited by Hauser and Duncan. The editors did a remarkable job of putting together an excellent outline that covers every topic within Demography. The editors did an even more remarkable job in gathering such talented scholars to write each chapter. Together they mesh into what will soon become ou 'bible.' It should be in every college library and should be on every demographer's desk." (Leon Bouvier, Old Dominion University)


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dudley L. Poston
    • 1
  • Michael Micklin
    • 2
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA

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