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Demography: An Introduction to Population Studies

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  • This textbook defines and describes the field of demography
  • Includes hands-on exercises, many graphics, data and examples
  • Is designed for undergraduate students as an introduction to demography

Part of the book series: Springer Texts in Social Sciences (STSS)

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This textbook presents an overview of the field of demography from a contemporary perspective. Designed as an introductory text for undergraduates and graduates, it lays out the basic concepts, methods, and applications of the field of demography. It describes the unique characteristics of the field, reviews the basic demographic processes, and provides an overview of the analytical techniques utilized by population scientists. It emphasizes the applied nature of demography and includes a chapter on application of demography to real-world problems as well as a discussion of population policy. The text is supplemented by ample tables, graphics, and illustrations that illustrate the concepts being considered. Through including exercises as well as detailed information on the sources of demographic data, this textbook is a must have for undergraduate and graduate students in demography and population studies.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Memphis, USA

    Richard K. Thomas

About the author

Richard K. Thomas, Ph.D., was trained as a medical sociologist and has been instrumental in the development of the field of health demography. He has taught courses in demography and applied demography and conducted numerous workshops on demographic data. He has authored more than 20 books on health/health care and demography and numerous articles for professional journals, newsletters, and magazines. He has conducted numerous workshops and made dozens of presentations on his research. He has received over two million dollars in NIH funding for demography-related research. He has served on the faculties of several universities and medical schools and is currently an affiliate faculty member at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a research associate at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Demography: An Introduction to Population Studies

  • Authors: Richard K. Thomas

  • Series Title: Springer Texts in Social Sciences

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-56622-6Due: 13 August 2024

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-56623-3Due: 13 August 2024

  • Series ISSN: 2730-6135

  • Series E-ISSN: 2730-6143

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 297

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 37 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Demography, Statistical Theory and Methods

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